Legal experts raise alarm bells over Fahmi’s conviction

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Legal experts say graphic designer Fahmi Reza’s sentence to one month in jail and a fine of RM30,000 for insulting Prime Minister Najib Razak with a clown face caricature posted on Facebook was undemocratic and unacceptable. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, February 20, 2018.

ABSURD, undemocratic and totally unacceptable.

These were the general consensus among legal experts on the one month jail sentence and a hefty fine imposed on graphic designer Fahmi Reza by the Ipoh Sessions Court today for posting an edited image of Prime Minister Najib Razak on Facebook.

The court decision raised alarm bells, with one law expert questioning if Malaysia was emulating Thailand where punitive measures are taken against those who criticised the country’s monarch.

Universiti Malaya law lecturer Azmi Sharom said if laws were used selectively to protect one individual or a special group from legitimate criticism, it echoes of “lese majeste” (insulting the monarch or other ruler).

Thailand has a strict draconian lese-majeste law which forbids any insult to the monarchy.

Azmi said the decision against Fahmi also placed restrictions on the freedom of speech and made it an offence if anyone poked fun at a politician. Read more

Fahmi Reza jailed one month, fined RM30,000 over offensive caricature of PM

Source: The Star Online

Pic drawn from The Star Online

Fahmi Reza — Pic drawn from The Star Online

IPOH: Activist and graphic designer Fahmi Reza (pic) has been sentenced to one month’s jail and fined RM30,000 for posting a caricature of a national leader on social media.

Fahmi, 40, whose full name is Mohd Fahmi Reza Mohd Zarin, was found guilty by the Sessions Court here Tuesday (Feb 20) of uploading an edited image of the Prime Minister on Facebook with the intention to offend.

He was charged with committing the offence on Feb 8, 2016 at 12.31pm.

Mohd Fahmi was charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which is punishable under Section 233(3) of the same Act.

Judge Norashima Khalid also ordered the accused to be jailed an additional six months if he fails to pay the fine. Read more

Malaysia: When cartoons and comedy become national threats — Zan Azlee

Source: Asian Corespondent

(File) Malaysia's Zunar wearing a prison outfit and plastic handcuffs poses for photographers prior to launching his book in February 2015. Pic: AP.

(File) Malaysia’s Zunar wearing a prison outfit and plastic handcuffs poses for photographers prior to launching his book in February 2015. Pic: AP.

WHEN comedy becomes a threat to national security, we know society is heading down a deep, dark chasm where everyone has lost their sense of humour, personality and just plain humanity.

A few days ago, Malaysian cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, better known by his moniker Zunar, was arrested by the police at a meet-the-fans event in the capital city. The headlines said: Zunar arrested… again. Its true. It was not the political cartoonist’s first brush with our men in blue. It was not even his second. In fact, Zunar’s work has landed him in trouble so many times that its becoming quite hard to keep track of his run-ins with the authorities. Read more

Hullabaloo over the middle finger – Dominic Joseph

Source: Berita Daily

BY DOMINIC G. JOSEPH

Metaphorically, it can represent ministerial code of conduct and the other fingers may reflect high cost of living, corruption, nepotism and a weak economy

Image courtesy of Dominic Joseph / Berita Daily.

Image courtesy of Dominic Joseph / Berita Daily.

7 June, 2016. KUALA LUMPUR: Lately, there have been lots of buzz and hullabaloo over the use of the middle finger. Activist and artist Fahmi Reza used the middle finger as a metaphor in his colouring book – the ‘Malaysian Politikus ABC Colouring Book’ . This colouring book mocks politicians from both sides of the divide.

“This colouring book is especially for youths who are interested in politics but do not like politicians (politikus),” said Fahmi Reza.

The prime minister was described as ‘corruptor’ and another Umno man Ahmad Maslan as a clown’ in the book.

The others include Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, depicted showing two middle fingers with the word ‘hypocrite’. Another image depicted PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang putting a finger to his lips with the word ‘God’. Read more