Venue: SOAS Room 116
Date: 31 October,
Tickets: Free (book here)
‘Even my pen has a stand – my fight through cartoons’
Come join us for a discussion about Malaysian politics, art and censorship with Zunar, Mulaika Hijjas and Martin Rowson.
Dr Mulaika Hijjas (chair) is British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and staff member at the Department of the Languages and Cultures of Southeast Asia at SOAS. She researches the Malay manuscript tradition and modern literatures of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
Zunar is a renowned Malaysian political cartoonist who is currently facing 43 years in prison on 9 charges of Sedition for being an outspoken critic of the Malaysian government. Five of his cartoon books have been banned by the Malaysian government for allegedly carrying content “detrimental to public order” and thousands confiscated in an effort to curtail freedom of expression. On the eve of his trial, Zunar is coming to the UK to launch a special exhibition of his work at the Cartoonists Museum on the 3/11/15. He is the first Malaysian activist and ‘ARTivist’ to feature in Amnesty’s Write for Rights Campaign that will also launch in November. He was awarded the Hellman Hammett award 2015 by Human Rights Watch and is also the first cartoonist to be awarded the Commitee to Protect Journalists International Press Freedom Award 2015.
Martin Rowson is a multi-award winning cartoonist, illustrator and writer. He contributes regularly to national newspapers such as the Guardian, the Times, the Independent and other publications such as Index on Censorship. His style is deliberately offensive and provocative in the tradition of 18th-century satirists and cartoonists.
Josef Benedict is Amnesty International’s Interim Deputy Director for Campaigns for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Over the last 15 years, Josef Benedict has been working in a range of human rights issues including on police accountability, freedom of expression and religion, impunity, women’s rights and the death penalty. Before taking up his current role, he was Amnesty International’s Campaigner on Indonesia and Timor-Leste (2008-2015) and worked at the Amnesty International section in Malaysia (1999-2007).