MCMC should cancel fine against BFM Radio

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) disagrees with the RM10,000 fine imposed by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) against BFM radio in relation to an interview with Islamic scholar Reza Aslan that aired on 21 Oct 2013. News reports state that MCMC has deemed BFM to be in breach of the conditions under [...]

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No registration for internet users, repeal Sedition Act

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) views with incredulity the suggestion mentioned by the Communications and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek for all social media users to register with the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). Aside from such registration creating huge bureaucratic, administrative and technological challenges, it will also constitute an infringement on the freedom [...]

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CIJ concerned about punishment for insulting police

The Centre for Independent Journalism expresses concern at the 21 Nov 2014 Malaysiakini and The Star reports which state that a man was fined RM10,500 for insulting the police. Tan Keng Hong, a car salesperson from Melaka, pleaded guilty and was fined RM3,500 under section 504 of the Penal Code and RM7,000 under section 233(3) of the [...]

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M’sian, Egyptian groups want UN to hold their gov’ts accountable for Hamza Kashgari’s deportation

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) denounce in the strongest terms the Malaysian and Saudi authorities’ blatant disregard for due process and international norms in the secret rendition of Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari. Kashgari, wanted by the Saudi authorities for tweets which allegedly insulted Islam and Prophet Muhammad, was deported by the Malaysian authorities on 12 February 2012.

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Freedom House study finds mounting threats to Internet freedom

Cyberattacks, politically motivated censorship, and government control over internet infrastructure are among the diverse and growing threats to internet freedom, according to Freedom on the Net 2011: A Global Assessment of Internet and Digital Media,a new study released today by Freedom House.

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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.

Personal data = private property or the new commodity?

In conjunction with Data Privacy Day on 28 Jan 2011, we held a public forum to raise awareness of the increasing threat to privacy with regard to personal information, and the lack of protection in Malaysia although Parliament recently passed the Data Protection Act. Funnily enough, the day after the forum, reportedly 1.5 million Malaysians received a surprise text message or e-greeting from the prime minister, underscoring one of the conclusions in our forum – how the collusion between business and State undermines the power of the individual to protect their data.