Right to Record Law Enforcement Critical for Accountability

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is concerned about news reports that Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador has barred citizens from recording videos of policemen at roadblocks across the country. He apparently said that “this was an irresponsible action and contravened the movement control order (MCO)”. The Inspector-General’s statements were not only dangerous, they were also unclear. He threatened citizens who film the police with arrest, but also reportedly claimed that “if they have gone out to purchase goods, it is not a problem, but if they purposely go out to record the roadblocks, then it is an offence.” The Inspector-General must make it clear that any citizen who is out in order to purchase goods, visit a doctor, or another valid reason, is also able to film the police while doing so.

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