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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Release TMI editors immediately

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) calls for the immediate release of The Malaysian Insider (TMI) managing editor Lionel Morais, features editor Zulkifli sulong and Bahasa news editor Amin Shah Iskandar, who have been arrested under the Sedition Act and section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act. The three editors were arrested when the police and [...]

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Reintroduction of Indefinite Detention without Trial Appalling

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is appalled at the government’s proposal to reintroduce indefinite detention without trial with the tabling of the Prevention of Terrorism Bill in Parliament today. The bill allows suspected terrorists to be detained for a maximum of 38 days. It also allows a Prevention of Terrorism Board to then make [...]

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Article 19 calls for section 203A of the Penal Code to be repealed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