MCMC Stop Abusing Power to Investigate!

For Immediate Release
9 November 2016

MCMC Stop Abusing Power to Investigate!

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) strongly condemn the raid against MalaysiaKini conducted by the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

The recent raid against MalaysiaKini can only be described as politically motivated crackdown against free media and freedom of expression. There is no basis for any media to be investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for choosing to maintain a video coverage of a press conference online.

The use of CMA against an individual or organization such as MalaysiaKini for an online item made to cover or reflect information or statement made by another individual is simply absurd. This perverse line of logic suggests that a person can be ‘investigated’ for sharing a 3rd party’s comments and be penalized for that.

The MCMC must immediately cease and desist from absurd practice such as these as it holds substantial repercussion for freedom of expression in Malaysia and would set a precedent that may potentially penalize millions of innocent Malaysia who merely viewed or shared videos online. MCMC must stop its attack on freedom of expression and immediately halt its campaign of abusing investigative powers to persecute and harass opinions and critical voices online.

In Solidarity,

Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director