Jumaat, 25 Jun 2010

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Malaysia Bans Cartoonist’s ‘Unsuitable’ Works

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 02:19 AM PDT

From Times live
By Sapa

Malaysia has banned a book and two comics by a political cartoonist that were critical of the government, saying they were “undesirable” and could incite people to revolt.

The artist, Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, whose publications have highlighted issues such as opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial and police shootings, dismissed the allegations and vowed to continue drawing.

Mahmood Adam, secretary-general of the powerful home ministry, said Zulkifli’s three publications were banned because they were “deemed unsuitable and undesirable for public reading.”

“All three publications have been banned for its contents can influence the people to revolt against the leaders. The contents are not suitable and are detrimental to public order,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

Prime Minister Najib Razak, who took office in April last year in the mainly Muslim country, had promised to promote openness and transparency but the opposition has accused the government of trying to silence critics.

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