Stories about Malaysia

13 August 2014

Malaysian Government Threatens to Block Facebook Over “Abuse” Reports

Other legislators want to create a government registry of Facebook accounts or amend the country's Sedition Act to address online hate speech -- moves that would still threaten free speech.

5 August 2014

Malaysia’s Longest Serving PM Repeats Call to Censor the Internet

Dr. Mahathir Mohamad says Web platforms and services are worse for online freedom than government regulation...and that the Malaysian government needs to start censoring the Web.

11 June 2014

Malaysian PM Sues News Site for Libel

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is suing Malaysiakini website for libel over reader comments on two articles that paint Najib in a negative light.

1 May 2014

Malaysian Minister: Too Many Newspapers Will “Confuse the People”

While most countries in the region see newspapers closing down in favor of an Internet-only model, two Malaysian news sites are seeking to do the opposite, despite challenges from above.

14 January 2014

‘Red Pencil Protest’ Demands Media Freedom in Malaysia

A weekly magazine was suspended in Malaysia after it ran a story on the Prime Minister's spending habits. In response, journalists took to the streets to denounc media censorship.

8 June 2013

VIDEO: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Hurt Internet Users

A new animated video explains how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade agreement being negotiated by the United States and ten governments from around the Pacific region, could have alarming consequences for Internet users.

4 May 2013

Malaysia: News Sites Face Attacks on Eve of Elections

The general election campaign period in Malaysia has triggered what independent news site MalaysiaKini is calling “China-style censorship.” In recent weeks, independent news sites Harakah Daily and MalaysiaKini have suffered from DDoS attacks and connection disruption at the ISP level. With elections on May 5, both sites are calling on ISPs and government officials to protect the open Internet.

3 February 2011

Malaysia too wants to monitor the bloggers

Following Saudi Arabia's decision to closely monitor bloggers and online news sites, Malaysia is proposing guidelines to reign in the blogosphere. The Malay Mail said on January 27,2011, Yesterday, Minister...

1 May 2010

From blogger to corporate liason officer

In 2008, Malaysian blogger Syed Azidi Syed Aziz took the headlines by calling Malaysian bloggers to fly (or place) the national flag upside down on their blogs. This was as...

11 August 2009

Malaysia: Racism Rears Its Ugly Head – Or Is It Just Politics?

The state government of Perak in Malaysia mulls if it should “take action” against two bloggers who purportedly insulted the Perak royalty and the sanctity of Islam through their writings...