Zunar (Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque) is a political cartoonist from Malaysia. Through his cartoons, he expose corruption and abuse of power committed by the government of Malaysia. His slogan is “How Can I be Neutral, Even My Pen Has a Stand”.
He is now facing nine charges under Sedition Act and facing possible 43 years jail if found guilty.
He was detained and locked behind bars twice, first time was on September 2010 for two days and recently on 10th of February 2015 for three days. Five of his cartoon books have been banned and his office in Kuala Lumpur was raided a few times and thousands of his cartoon books were confiscated.
The printers and bookstores around the country which carry his cartoon works, have been raided and they have also been warned not to print or carry any of his titles.
October 2014, three of his assistants were arrested for selling his latest cartoon books. The webmaster, who manages his website and online bookstore, was called in by the police for interrogation.
1. “Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award 2011” by Cartoonists Rights Network International
2. Human Rights Watch Hellman/Hammett Award for 2011 & 2015
3. International Press Freedom Award, Commitee to Protect Journalist, New York 2015
Zunar is known for his ability to successfully pack meaning into an easily understandable and humorous cartoon. In each cartoon he employs multiple techniques to educate and entertain the reader. Zunar uses various techniques and his unique perspective to create his cartoons. Here are some of the methods and elements you will find in his work.
· Abbreviations—Zunar uses abbreviations for the names of political figures, legislative acts, political parties, etc. to make his cartoon as readable as possible. Sometimes he combines abbreviations with word puns, creating a word that conveys multiple ideas.
· Caricatures—Zunar creates recurring caricatures of people that are instantly recognizable and humorous. Some of Zunar’s caricatures have become quite popular, especially his interpretation of the Prime Minister’s wife Rosmah. Zunar balloons Rosmah’s real life voluminous hairstyle out to massive proportions.
– Jason P. Abbott, Ph.D.Director, Center for Asian Democracy.
– Bryan Warren, Executive Director Asia Institute – Crane House.
– Lauren Prezbindowski, independent curator of history and art in Louisville.