Zunar (Zulkiflee Sm Anwar Ulhaque) is a political cartoonist from Malaysia. With slogan, “How Can I be Neutral, Even My Pen Has a Stand”, he exposes corruption and abuse of power committed by the government of Malaysia through his art. He is now facing nine charges under the archaic Sedition Act and facing possible 43 years imprisonment. The Malaysian government has banned five of his cartoon books on the ground that the contents are “detrimental to public order.”
Zunar was the only Malaysian selected by Amnesty International as the first Malaysian for their biggest annual international campaign, ‘Write for Rights (#W4R) 2015′.
He won the “Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award 2011” by Cartoonists Right Network International, the Human Rights Watch Hellman/Hammett Award for 2011 & 2015 and the International Press Freedom Award, Committee to Protect Journalist, New York 2015. He won the Cartooning for Peace Award in May 2016 in Geneva.