MalaysiaKini Contempt of Court – Dangerous Precedent for Content Moderation

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is concerned by the developments and finding of the Federal Court in the contempt proceeding against MalaysiaKini.

Freedom of expression is fundamental to the functioning of any democracy, and any restriction should only be applied to protect the safety or rights of others, and not to protect the perceived affront to the dignity of any person or institution. In this case, it is of paramount importance to ensure freedom of expression takes the fore as it involves a media organization and the alleged contemptuous content were comments by third parties with no affiliation with MalaysiaKini.

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Fahmi Reza’s Conviction: What is Harapan’s Commitment to Freedom of Expression?

For Immediate Release
6 July 2019

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is disappointed by the Court of Appeal decision in rejecting the appeal by Fahmi Reza against his conviction under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

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Intimidation against RTM by Press Secretary Unwarranted and Detrimental to Media Freedom

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) welcomes the direction adopted by Minister for Communication and Multimedia, YB Gobind Singh on the complaints surrounding the failure to air minister speeches by RTM.

In the past, the public’s trust in RTM and its contents were eroded due to decades of political patronage and biasedness towards the political power of the day. If RTM were to regain public trust and serve the needs of all Malaysians, it must be allowed to operate independently and be free from all political interference by the executive. 

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Promote Freedom of Expression, Not Sedition Act 1948

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) condemn the arrests and investigation under the Sedition Act 1948 by the Royal Malaysian Police and the deafening silence to the continued use of the Sedition Act 1948 by the Pakatan Harapan administration.

The investigation and attempts to criminalize against alleged obscene or rude messages by individuals against the royal institution is a violation of freedom of expression and the Pakatan Harapan administration should not propagate and enable the culture of censorship and criminalization of expression that was practised by its predecessor.

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Urging Lifting of Book Ban on G25 Book by Coalition for Freedom of Expression

The Coalition for Freedom of Expression (CFOE) urges the Home Minister to promptly lift the ban on the book “Breaking the Silence: Voices of moderation – Islam in a constitutional democracy” published by G25.The banning of the book, carried out by then-Home Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi in June 2017, was arguably unconstitutional. Any restriction on the freedom of expression as enshrined in Article 10 must be for a legitimate reason as set out in the Constitution and must be necessary, proportionate and reasonable.

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