Saturday, November 14, 2015

Drawing Cartoons is Not a Crime

I am glad to know that the Court of Appeal’s decision to lift the ban on two cartoon books by political cartoonist Zunar (left) and for all copies seized by the Home Ministry in 2010 to be returned to him, is maintained.
This follows the decision of the Federal Court’s five-member bench on Wednesday chaired by Court of Appeal President Md Raus Sharif to unanimously dismiss the appeal by the Home Minister and Deputy Home Minister.
Responding to the verdict, Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee SM Anwarul Haque, told police they should now stop raiding his office and expressed his hope that the apex court ruling also extended to all sixteen of his titles.
“This is a victory for all cartoonists, it tells the Home Ministry and the government that drawing cartoons is not a crime,” he was reported as saying in Malaysiakini. Damn right, Zunar!
The Home Minister is well-advised to focus his precious time and energies targeting crooks, criminals and IS cells! They roam our streets at will, they infest our cities and they have even infiltrated the government. Put them away and Malaysians would be grateful

Spain's Constitutional Court blocked Catalonia's attempted secession process on November 11, 2015 by agreeing to hear a Spanish government appeal against it, deepening a stand-off over the potential breakaway.
Catalonia's regional parliament passed a resolution this week setting out a plan to establish a republic within eighteen months in the highly industrialized and populous northeastern region which accounts for about a fifth of Spain's economic output.
As Catalan leaders elected in September have specifically vowed to ignore the rulings of the Constitutional Court, it is unclear what the next move in the confrontation could be. But I foresee that it will escalate, given that the national election is due in December.
“The will of the Catalan people cannot be suspended. We are committed to continue with our democratic mandate," the leader of one of the Catalan independence parties, Oriol Junqueras, said on his official Twitter feed.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, on the other hand, insisted Catalonia will not be allowed to go its separate way. "It's not just a reaction to a motion passed in parliament, this is about defending a whole country," he said.

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