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The communication and informatics ministry has announced the result of the multiplexing (mux) organizers’ selection process. However, a number of private television broadcasters protested it. Communication and Informatics Minister Johnny Gerard Plate spoke to Tempo’s Khairul Anam.
Resounding Still, the Voice of Southeast Asian Cartoons
CARTOONS have often been a source of controversies in many nations. Satiric jokes in the form of comedic images have offended people, often to the point of anger and retaliation. In 2015, France’s satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo became the target of shooting after it published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The attack killed dozens, including the cartoonist. A decade before, in 2005, Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published an editorial cartoon depicting Muhammad as well, leading to international protests from Muslim communities. In Southeast Asia, things are not that much different. Three years ago, hundreds of supporters of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) swarmed the office of Tempo in Jakarta. They protested a political cartoon in the magazine which they claimed insulted their leader. Southeast Asian’s growing democracy did not come with freedom of speech for its cartoonists. The police have arrested some of them, and many work under fear of persecution. In light of the situation, Malaysia’s political cartoonist Zunar and non-profit organization Hujah Ehsan are holding an online exhibition of the ASEAN Human Rights Cartoon Exhibition from May 3 to 30. The exhibition, titled Human Rights at the Homeland, features 100 critical cartoons by 37 cartoonists from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Myanmar.
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Many Issues Still Untouched by ASEAN Cartoonists
Malaysian political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, known as Zunar, and non-profit organization Hujah Ehsan are holding an online exhibition of the ASEAN Human Rights Cartoon Exhibition from May 3 to 30. The exhibition, titled Human Rights at the Homeland, features 100 critical cartoons by 37 cartoonists from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Myanmar. Tempo interviewed Zunar to understand the road and the importance of the exhibition, also the development of political cartoons in Southeast Asia.
Motorcycle travelers on their way home for Idul Fitri celebration are stuck in early morning traffic at a checkpoint in Keduwaringin, Bekasi Regency, West Java, Tuesday, May 5. Police asked thousands of holiday travelers trying to pass through the Bekasi-Karawang checkpoint to turn back./Antara/Wahyu Putro A
Prayer in the Time of Covid
Muslims maintain social distance amid the Covid-19 pandemic as they pray at the Grand Mosque of Al Azhar during Idul Fitri, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Jakarta, May 13./Reuters/Willy Kurniawan