Stories about Malaysia

6 April 2018

With Elections Approaching and Parliament Dissolved, Will Malaysia's Anti-Fake News Law Become a ‘Political Weapon'?

"While this issue should not be ignored, the proposed broad-based law to criminalise the dissemination of news amounts to legislative overkill."

1 February 2018

Malaysiakini News Site Will Appeal Defamation Case by Gold Mining Firm, Thanks to Crowdfunding by Readers

"This could drive media away from critically investigating and reporting issues of public interest that involved big corporations. This will further shrink the media freedom in the country."

23 November 2017

Malaysian Authorities Blocked Websites Reporting on Massive Personal Data Theft Scandal

"I believe that you have a right to know about it, in a timely manner. Authorities can’t sit on the data for weeks without letting you know on any pretense."

6 October 2017

Malaysia Bans Books and Cartoons Deemed ‘Prejudicial to Public Order’

"By banning books that provoke the mind to think critically, this government of ours showed its true color of being an authority of bigotry and anti-intellectualism."

11 September 2017

#PotongSteam: Malaysian Gamers Blast Blocking of Website Over ‘Fight of Gods’ Video Game

"First they come for (political posts), but I am not political. Then they come for the gamers..."

18 August 2017

Malaysian Political Cartoonist Zunar Sues Police for Unlawful Arrest, Seizure of Books

"You can ban my books, you can ban my cartoons, but you cannot ban my mind. I will keep drawing until the last drop of my ink."

22 May 2017

Malaysian Editors Face Cybercrime Charges for Posting a Video that Criticized Attorney General

In the video, which was taken during a press briefing, a former member of the ruling party called for the resignation of the attorney general.

7 April 2017

Southeast Asian Leaders Use ‘Fake News’ to Justify Tighter Media Laws and Intimidate Their Critics

Singapore plans to update its Broadcasting Act, Philippine House Speaker is proposing to regulate social media, and Cambodian officials are mimicking Donald Trump by calling unfavorable news "fake".

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.

3 March 2016

Graphic Artists Launch Online Poster Campaign to ‘Free the Media’ in Malaysia

"We feel that the time has come for Malaysians to demand for media and internet freedom in light of the latest assault on freedom of speech in Malaysia."