From Steve Artley:Andrew "Drew" Rougier-Chapman of Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI) called me to report that Malaysian cartoonist Zunar arrived in Washington DC yesterday. He will attend the AAEC Convention to accept the CRNI Courage in Cartooning award.
Drew also wanted to alert fellow cartoonists to a protest planned today at the Malaysian embassy between 5:30 and 6:30 PM. The Embassy of Malaysia is located at 3516 International Court NW in Washington DC.
Drew stated, "We will be drawing (pun intended) attention to the lack of freedom of the press and freedom of speech in Malaysia. More specifically we hope to draw attention to the Malaysian government's banning of editorial cartoons by well-known cartoonist Zunar and other Malaysian editorial cartoonists."
If anyone is so inspired to join in the protest, Drew suggests that you take the Metro to the Van Ness-UDC stop and exit on the west side of Connecticut Avenue. At the top of the stairs make a U-turn and walk back toward Van Ness Street. Turn right on Van Ness Street and walk about 500 yards. Make a right turn onto International Court. "Follow the street until you hear and see Zunar and other supporters of free speech," said Drew, adding, "I hope you can join us."