Human rights groups urge the government to drop the charges against the filmmakers and to end the criminalization of religious offence.
The Centre for Independent Journalism reviews the MADANI government’s performance in regard to freedom of expression and offers its recommendations for reforms.
TikTok and Malaysia’s Minister of Communications and Digital are urged to uphold transparency and freedom of expression during their dialogue.
Malaysia: CIJ lauds the government’s decision to enact a Freedom of Information Act and amend the Official Secrets Act
The Centre for Independent Journalism noted that this is a positive step towards enabling the public the right to access public information held by government agencies.
Senior editors in Malaysia released a joint statement urging authorities to stop playing “Big Brother” to the media after several news websites were blocked by the government
ARTICLE 19 said that the bookstore raid is not the first time this year that authorities have misused the law to infringe on freedom of expression or violate the principle of non-discrimination.
The Centre for Independent Journalism warns that hate speech “diverts attention from solution-focused thinking” and undermines democracy.
ARTICLE 19 warns that the introduction of penalties may lead to arbitrary restrictions on the freedom of expression.
In Malaysia, minority groups, including ethnic and religious minorities, migrants, and LGBTQI+ persons are most often victims of hate speech.
ARTICLE 19 strongly condemns the Malaysian government’s response to the International Women’s Day march for undermining the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
Despite being a registered refugee since 2011 in Malaysia, freelance Pakistani journalist Syed Fawad Ali Shah was secretly deported in August 2022 and is now detained in Pakistan facing several cases related to his reporting on corruption within law enforcement agencies.
In 2022, the Centre for Independent Journalism documented 114 cases where Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act was used to investigate netizens and human rights defenders.
The regional conference was themed “Strengthening collaboration, defending press freedom in Southeast Asia”.
A new report by the Centre for Independent Journalism highlighted that the media continued to experience restrictions and came under attack numerous times in 2022. It urged the new government led by Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim to commit to upholding the people’s fundamental and constitutional right to information, freedom of expression, speech, association and assembly.