Malaysian Cartoonist in Free Speech Battle to Speak at University of Louisville
Here's the thing about democracies—they're not always entirely democratic, said Jason Abbott, director of the Center for Asian Democracy at the University of Louisville.The center's annual guest speaker was chosen largely to spotlight the point.Zulkiflee Anwar Haque—commonly known as Zunar—is a Malaysian political cartoonist and government critic. In 2010, his offices were raided and he was arrested on sedition charges. Free Malaysia Today reported:
Abbott also noted that people tend to think of serious activists as the victims of political oppression. But, he notes, satirists have a large role in political criticism.“In the struggle for democratic freedoms and norms, it’s not only activists and protesters whose voices matter, but also that of comedians and satirists and cartoonists," Abbott said.Zunar will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Brown & Williamson Club at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. It's free, but the Center for Asian Democracy asks people who plan to attend to registerhere.