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Appeals court lifts ban on Zunar’s books

An Malaysian Appeals Court has lifted a ban on books by editorial cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque (AKA Zunar). Zunar’s books were seized during an arrest in 2012. The cartoonist was charged with sedition.

From the Malaysian Insider:

“With respect, this is a case where the law of sedition is being used as a convenient peg to control freedom of expression,” Ariff said in his main judgement.

The facts, he said, demonstrated more of a case of politicians and institutions being held to public odium.

“Public odium cannot be so conveniently equated with public order, let alone sedition,” he said.

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