A government employee in Brunei was charged with violating the Sedition Act over a Facebook post criticising the Halal certification policy of the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
(SEAPA/IFEX) – The Brunei media, already subservient to the ruling royalty in the oil-rich nation of 380,000 inhabitants, have been warned to respect the government’s withholding of certain sensitive information. Eusoff Agaki Ismail, deputy minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, also told media outlets not to “play with fire” when reporting on the sultanate. “Disregard […]
(CPJ/IFEX) – In a 25 September 2001 letter to Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, CPJ expressed its alarm over news that his government is poised to enact sweeping amendments to existing press laws, an action that will severely curtail freedom of information in Brunei by imposing strict licensing requirements on newspapers and threatening journalists […]
(RSF/IFEX) – In a letter to Home Affairs Minister Isa Bin Ibrahim, RSF protested the adoption of a restrictive press law that includes provisions for prison sentences and heavy fines for press offences. “This kind of law will put a brake on the development of the private press, and may lead to the imprisonment of […]