Attendees at the British Cartoonists’ Association and Cartoon Museum awards, led by BCA Chairman and PCO member Martin Rowson, gave a standing ovation to demonstrate their support for Musa Kart, who faces jail for sedition. (See the Blog article from 2nd November for more on this story.)
Mr Rowson stated it was “more important than ever to fight for the freedom to laugh in order to stop us all going mad in the face of events.”
He went on to pay tribute to the cartoonists murdered in the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine, before telling the audience of cartoonists, politicians, journalists and cartoon fans how Musa Kart could face up to 43 years in prison – just for drawing cartoons.
Mr. Rowson then invited everyone to stand and applaud Mr Kart as an act of solidarity and support for “the twin freedoms of speech and laughter”, which they did with sustained vigour.
…meanwhile in Malaysia, cartoonist Zumar’s exhibition is targetted by pro-government protestors
Malaysian cartoonist Zunar Tweeted the CRNI to say his most recent exhibition in the Komtar Penang mall was disrupted by pro-government protestors. In an interview with Free Malaysia Today he confirms that he has cancelled the show outright.
Update: Zunar arrested
Further update: Zunar released on bail
We’re delighted to hear that following his ludicrous arrest the much persecuted cartoonist has been released.