Joint Letter of Concern to the Prime Minister on Repressive Amendments to the Sedition Act

A joint letter of concern on the declining standards of freedom of expression in Malaysia has been addressed to Prime Minister Najib Razak. The appeal was initiated by CIJ Malaysia and is signed by IFEX members and other concerned organisations. For the original post, click here. Addressed to: Dato’ Seri Najib Razak Prime Minister of [...]

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Sedition Act amendments outrageous and ill-thought out

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is outraged at the amendments proposed by the government to the Sedition Act. In particular, CIJ is especially appalled at the amendments allowing the court to make a prohibition order, prohibiting persons from making or circulating any prohibited publication,and from accessing any electronic device. CIJ stresses that the freedom of expression is guaranteed [...]

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Arrests of TMI editors and The Edge publisher assault on media freedom

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) call for the immediate release of The Malaysian Insider (TMI) chief executive Jahabar Sadiq and The Edge publisher Ho Kay Tat, in addition to the three other Malaysian Insider editors that were detained on 30 Mar 2015. CIJ and SEAPA view these arrests under the [...]

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Article 19 calls for section 203A of the Penal Code to be repealed

Article 19 has called amendments section 203 of the Penal Code alarmingly broad and a threat to freedom of expression and information for all people. The new section 203A makes it an offence for anyone to disclose any information or matter which has been obtained in the performance of their duties or the exercise of [...]

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Malaysia ranked less free in Freedom House report

Malaysia was ranked less free by Freedom House in their Freedom of the World 2015 report which examines the condition of political rights and civil liberties around the world. The report stated that Malaysia received a downward trend arrow due to “the government’s use of the Sedition Act to intimidate political opponents, an increase in [...]

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Internet, Human Rights & Governance in ASEAN


Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) in partnership with Women’s Legal Bureau (WLB), Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER), South East Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) and Association for Progressive Communications (APC) are pleased to invite you to the Internet Rights and Governance pre-ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) workshop on the 21st & 22nd April, 2015. The details [...]

Digital Security Workshop for Journalists & Bloggers, 14 October 2014


What are the risks and challenges that journalists, bloggers and reporters face in Malaysia? As media platforms increasingly converge and the boundaries blur between online and offline journalism and reporting, what are some of the digital security risks that are emerging? How can we improve our communications practices to better protect ourselves? This 1-day Digital [...]

Evidence Act Section114a FAQs


An Amendment to the Evidence Act has recently been passed through parliament. Curious to know more?

Fweet for press freedom!


On World Press Freedom Day, show your support and make your voices heard in a Fweet (Facebook and Twitter!) in 3 steps.