Stories about Malaysia

23 April 2016

Malaysia Will Likely Force ‘Political Blogs’ and News Websites to Register With the Government

Human rights groups and media freedom advocates denounced the proposal as a curtailment of free speech, adding that the move reverses Malaysia's earlier stated commitment to promoting Internet freedom.

28 February 2016

The Malaysian Insider News Website Blocked by Authorities for Posting ‘Unverified’ Report on Government Corruption

"Such unilateral action could also be construed as an attempt to intimidate the media against running critical news reports."

13 February 2016

Malaysian Police Threaten Internet Users for Sharing Clown Memes of Prime Minister

"Public scrutiny is part of the democratic process that serves as the foundation of Malaysia. Satirical images and comments made against government official[s] should not be considered as a crime."

21 August 2015

Malaysia Considers Forcing News Websites to Register with Government, As Political Scandal Unfolds

"It is highly unlikely that this move is intended to achieve anything other than the shutting down of criticism."

11 August 2015

Protests as Malaysia Suspends Two Newspapers Following a Corruption Expose

"We must never forget abuses of power today. You can suspend The Edge but you can't suspend truth!"

28 July 2015

Malaysia Blocks News Website and Suspends Two Local Papers for Reporting on Government Corruption

"Our report is based on evidence corroborated by documents that include bank transfers and statements. How can the work we have done be deemed as a political conspiracy?"

18 April 2015

Malaysian Cartoonist Vows to Continue Fighting Government Abuses Despite Sedition Charges

"I will not keep quiet. How can I be neutral, even my pen has a stand!"

11 April 2015

Malaysia’s New Law Targets Online Sedition

"This latest curtailment of freedom of expression further restricts public discourse and will create a void in Malaysian social media and a deafening silence in news forums."

13 August 2014

Malaysian Government Threatens to Block Facebook Over “Abuse” Reports

Other legislators want to create a government registry of Facebook accounts or amend the country's Sedition Act to address online hate speech -- moves that would still threaten free speech.

5 August 2014

Malaysia’s Longest Serving PM Repeats Call to Censor the Internet

Dr. Mahathir Mohamad says Web platforms and services are worse for online freedom than government regulation...and that the Malaysian government needs to start censoring the Web.

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