Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower) is outraged and disappointed by the manner with which amendments to the Sedition Act 1948 and the Prevention of Terrorism Act were rushed through Parliament.
With leaks revealing many ways in which our avenues for free speech are being shut down, it is clear we need to pressure our government for more consultation, says Adam Kingsmith of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.
Given the government’s record of restricting media freedom over the years, Mustafa K Anuar is not surprised that few Malaysians are finding any comfort in official assurances that so-called ‘guidelines’ for the Internet will not curb freedom further.
Yeoh Seng Guan reports on the widespread use of political merchandising and the internet during the ongoing Philippines election campaign and wonders if we will see the same kind of blitz during the next Malaysian general election.
The Malaysian government is unfortunately planning to follow in the foot-steps of China in filtering the Internet to block certain websites that it considers ‘undesirable’. This is a grave step back in this modern age when information knows no borders.
The presence of five bloggers on
opposition benches in Malaysia’s newly elected parliament must be
galling for the Barisan Nasional, which was
returned to power in Saturday’s general elections minus its
long-held two-thirds majority.
Zaharom Nain explores the world of blogging in Malaysia. Bloggers are providing a real alternative to the mainstream media and countering the distortions and unravelling the propaganda. No wonder the authorities are sitting up and taking notice.