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Malaysia’s press still awaits media law reform

May 2018 brought new hope for media freedom in Malaysia with the unexpected electoral defeat of the Barisan Nasional coalition, which had ruled the country for 61 years. The new ruling coalition, Pakatan Harapan, led by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, promised progress and reform, including in the area of fundamental rights. More than one year […]

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Expectations of press freedom rise in Malaysia

In August, three months after coming to power, the new Pakatan Harapan government in Malaysia repealed the controversial Anti-Fake News Act 2018. This was the first significant step by the ruling party in fulfilling its campaign promise to improve press freedom. A few days earlier, the prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, appointed the former group editor-in-chief […]

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‘Fake news’ law threatens Malaysian media

The Malaysian government is tightening its grip on the media ahead of general elections scheduled be held before June. A new law passed by country’s parliament last week penalizes the spreading of “fake news” with six years’ imprisonment and a fine of 500,000 ringgit (approx. 105,000 euros). A specialized committee consisting of government bodies, such […]

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Malaysia blocks blog for not removing news story

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has blocked one of the most popular Malaysian blogging platforms after the company did not comply with a request to remove a post by Sarawak Report that allegedly contained “false content”.

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