Unprecedented crackdown on freedom of expression a threat to democratic government

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) decries the unprecedented crackdown on the freedom of expression in 2015. In less than 50 days this year, the police have detained or investigated at least 23 individuals in relation to statements that they have made. (See table below) Many of these investigations have been carried out under the [...]

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In wake of Anwar verdict, shutting down expression unwise

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is alarmed at the continued crackdown against the freedom of expression and the apparent lack of understanding by government authorities of this fundamental human right. The Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar has again threatened action via Twitter against those whom he deems to have breached the Sedition Act [...]

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Stop Harassing Journalists with Frivolous Police Reports

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is alarmed at the increasing use of police reports to try and silence genuine criticism and reasoned discourse. The most recent such example is the police report filed by Jaringan Melayu Malaysia’s Federal Territory chief Faizan Mohd Nor against The Star’s Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Wong [...]

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Article 19 calls for section 203A of the Penal Code to be repealed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