Amid threats, ‘fake news’ and eroding trust levels, journalists in Asia urged to fight back
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Amid threats, ‘fake news’ and eroding trust levels, journalists in Asia urged to fight back

MARIA FEONA IMPERIAL |
October 18, 2018

SEOUL - Malaysian political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, who goes by the pen name


“Zunar,” is perhaps his country’s most famous repeat offender.

Five times since 2010, Zunar walked in and out of jail for possessing a sharp, dangerous sense of humor showcased in sketches that poked fun at the extravagant excesses of former minister Najib Razak’s corrupt regime—prompting authorities to raid his office, confiscate his cartoon, and slap him with 43 years in jail, nine counts of sedition and a travel ban.

But what he calls a “jail-friendly job” did not stop him from fighting back through art and humor, hoping he and Razak would trade places someday.

“If I fight, I get two chances: whether I’m the one who will spend time in jail or the prime minister of Malaysia is the one who will spend time in jail,” the award-winning cartoonist told 440 journalists from 48 countries Oct. 6 in Seoul, South Korea, host of

‘Uncovering Asia 2018, the Third Asian Investigative Journalism Conference.’

Credit by - VERA FILES

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