New, complex cases emerged in our courts, and Parliament enacted new laws to combat ‘negativities’ created by social media.
2014 was another interesting year in cyberspace for Malaysia’s legal fraternity, with numerous charges being made against statements made online and offline, writes Foong Cheng Leong, who gives us a rundown.
According to the sixth edition of Google’s Transparency Report, the company’s initiative to track and share information on government interferences with its activities, government surveillance is on the rise worldwide.
The Centre for Independent Journalism has handed a petition against recent amendments to the Evidence Act 1950 to de facto Deputy Law Minister Datuk V.K. Liew in Parliament. The petition collected more than 3,300 signatures and called on the Malaysian Government to withdraw Section 114A of the Evidence (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2012 because it threatens freedom of expression online and presumes the guilt rather than innocence of Internet users publishing content online.
Concerned netizens in Malaysia are calling on the Government to withdraw the amendment to the Evidence Act 1950, which civil advocates say will have serious repercussions on Internet use and freedom of expression in the country.They have started a Facebook page 1Million Malaysians against Evidence (Amendment) (No2) Act 2012 and an online petition Netizens against Evidence (Amendment) (No2) Act 2012.