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Freedom of Expression in Malaysia 2010

Launch report

Jo Ding

on 13 April 2011

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"I need the media on this journey to communicate to the nation, and educate the people to embrace and adopt change, not to fear it...A symbiotic relationship between the press and the Government is absolutely critical for our future and the development as a nation." - Najib Razak, March "While it is our best interest to further liberalise the media to increase our global awareness, we must not forget that freedom of the press is not a blank cheque to do whatever we want." - Muhyiddin Yassin, October "I did say that press must be responsible. I did not say that we will waive all the laws in Malaysia... The alternative media is very free in Malaysia...But if you go against the law, whether it is defamation or whether it is inciting racial hatred, religious hatred, then you have to be responsible for your action."
- Najib, September Media ethics Falling subscription LGBT issues Gender insensitive Biased reporting Racial issues Good news? NUJ: New president More new media Forums Grassroots efforts SABM
MyConstitution campaign
Residential associations
1M Facebook group - cake parties Collaboration Church arson - 122 civil society groups joint statement "Succesful" small scale protests PPPA Ownership of
the media Online
Control Blogs Social media Comments News Sedition
Arrests Protests 17 Mar Orang Asli Putrajaya rally
4 June pro-Palestine rally
1 Aug Anti-ISA protest
5 Dec water protest Road blocks Water cannons Tear gas Diverted "Irresponsible" Riot police "No permit" CONTROL "feel-good" news "They (the ntv7 programme, its panelists and studio audience) mock the KPI and BN's position. Mock '1Malaysia'. Challenge PM to comprehensively revamp BTN. Question the action of Dato Nasir Safar when Dato Nasir has courageously resigned (as Najib Razak's aide).

…What is very dangerous, they demand the freedom of speech, right from the start of the debate session just now. Meaning, no investigation is required to be made, the way they talk and they allow the audience to ask questions (gives the impression) as if our government is so bad."

- purported SMS forwarded by PM's department bias
Monitoring Political whore
Traitors Unbanned Ban on
words: "be more responsible in the future" Print Newspapers
Protests TV
Radio Broadcast FOE
CONTROL Online Police reports PPPA
Not Compulsion IGP resigned? Special Weekly:
Najib Mr U-Turn Rocket & Harakah:
"No permit" Permit not renewed Banned/Seized
Books Permits "prejudicial to public order, morality, security, likely to alarm public opinion, contrary to any law, or prejudicial to public interest or national interest." Banned “Now social networking is used to attack and defame anyone. It can even be used to topple a government. The government has no monopoly over information and the dissemination of information.
- Naji, Feb 2011 “When it comes to a point where the security of the country is affected, then yes, we can [ignore the pledge]. There is no compromise when it comes to national security ... everything else will then be secondary, even when it comes to the bill of guarantees.

“Recently when people talk about freedom of the press and freedom of expression, it means they have the freedom to lie, to commit slander and to do anything, and even if it affects national security, it is okay.

“This is a new phenomenon and this is why we need to tell the public that national security is paramount and they cannot abuse it.”
- Nazri, Jan 2011
YouTube "Not trustworthy" Najib: Trust the fact-based
mainstream media Freedom of Expression in Malaysia 2010 Royalty
Bumiputera corporate equity
Article 153, Ketuanan Melayu
Praying for Lim Guan Eng
Christian play during Ramadan
MyConstitution Article 19, UDHR

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. Article 10, Federal Constitution

(a) every citizen has the right to freedom of speech and expression;

(b) all citizen have the right to assemble peaceablye and without arms;

(c) all citizens have the right to form associations. "Two-party system not workable for Singapore"
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