Thursday, December 10, 2015

Cartoonist facing years in prison for a Tweet

Cartoonist facing years in prison for a Tweet

Dear Tracy,

Artists have the power to shine light on oppression.

And when artists are threatened for peacefully expressing themselves, we need to jump into action.

Right now, an artist needs our help. Zunar is a political cartoonist in Malaysia who is facing a long-term prison sentence for posting Tweets condemning the jailing of an opposition leader.

Can you imagine facing years in prison for a Tweet?

His case will be decided soon and he needs Amnesty's urgent action.

Please support our efforts to get the charges against Zunar dropped. Make a tax-deductible contribution and help advocate for Zunar and others targeted for their beliefs. For a short time, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar.

Zunar is well known for his satirical take on government corruption and electoral fraud.

It's not the first time Zunar has fallen foul of the Malaysian authorities. Since 2009, when his offices were first raided by police, he has been intimidated, arrested and imprisoned. They also confiscated and banned his books, and threatened to close down his printers.

Zunar is not the only one. Like Zunar, more than 40 journalists, academics, political activists and lawyers were interrogated, arrested or charged under Malaysia's Sedition Act in the first six months of 2015. The space for dissent and debate in Malaysia is disappearing fast.

We must act now. Support Amnesty to help us advocate for activists like Zunar.

Thank you for your support. Zeke JohnsonSincerely,
Zeke Johnson
Managing Director, Individuals at Risk
Amnesty International USA


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