Malaysian Cartoonist Calls for ‘World Cartoonists Day’ in Remembrance of Murdered Charlie Hebdo Artists

A Malaysian Muslim cartoonist Zunar (Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ulhaque) is proposing for January 7 to be declared as “World Cartoonist Day,” to honour those slain in the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris on Wednesday.

Zunar condemned the killing of 12 people at the office of Charlie Hebdo which included Editor Stephane Charbonnier and cartoonists Cabu, Wolinski, Tignous and Bernard Maris.

On Wednesday, armed gunmen stormed into a daily editorial meeting at the Charlie Hebdo office in France and opened fire. Twelve people were killed in the shooting, including two policemen.

Charlie Hebdo is a French satirical newspaper that publishes cartoons, reports, polemics and jokes. The publication’s cheeky and nonconformist tone has come under attack numerous times for publishing controversial cartoons on Islam.

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar has called for January 7 to be remembered as World Cartoonists Day to honour and remember his fellow cartoonists who were killed in the attack on Wednesday.

According to an article in The Washington Post, Zunar condemned the brutal attack and said that “every cartoonist should be allowed to criticize through cartoons” and that “any disagreements should be handled in a civilized manner.”

Zunar paid tribute to those slain in the attack with a comic of his own which he posted on Cartoon Movement. The comic is titled “Je suis Charlie vs Je suis Bigotry,” which translates to, “I am Charlie vs I am Bigotry.” The cartoon shows a pen flowing with black ink and a machine gun flowing with blood.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and many more have also condemned the Charlie Hebdo attack.

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