Malaysians should be very concerned with the increased cases of Internet censorship by the Government in recent months, signalling worse days ahead for freedom of expression and information in the country, CIJ warns.
The media plays an important role in any democracy, so all eyes will be on it as Malaysia goes to the polls, writes A. Asohan.
Digital News Asia has reinstated the ‘Internet Blackout Day’ pop-up. Executive editor A. Asohan explains why.
The Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia (Pikom) has backed calls for a review of the controversial amendment to the Evidence Act 1950, joining a raft of concerned civil society bodies, private individuals, Internet-related businesses and leaders from both sides of the political divide.
An amendment was made to the Evidence Act 1950 without consultation, with nary a debate, with absolutely no discussion with the people of Malaysia, and without due consideration for the facts. We strongly protest.
Deputy Minister of Higher Education Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said he would rally fellow Members of Parliament of the Barisan Nasional ruling coalition to call for a review of the recently-gazetted and contentious amendment to the Evidence Act 1950.
The Malaysian Government has gone ahead to gazette a controversial amendment to the Evidence Act 1950 despite the objections and concerns of the online community and civil advocates, who have said it would have a chilling effect on freedom of expression.
CIJ urges websites and online businesses to participate in Blackout Day in the hopes that people will learn more and take action; meanwhile MDeC believes that the proposed amendment will have little or no dampening effect on the digital economy.
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.