Embattled Cartoonist Zunar Wins Freedom…

Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, the irrepressible cartoonist for the Malaysian news website Malaysiakini, is due to go on trial this month, facing nine counts of sedition and a potential 43 years in prison basically for lampooning the suave Prime Minister Najib Razak and his portly, domineering wife Rosmah Mansor, who invariably appears in the cartoons with a RM1,200 price tag stuck to her giant bouffant hairdo and a gigantic diamond ring, a reference to the fact that she once had a RM24 million diamond ring shipped to her from a New York jeweler. A Birkin handbag is often in the picture . The cartoonist’s mascot is a tiny ineffectual policeman, continually blowing “twit-twit” his whistle.

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