Review promised after Malaysia internet law protest
Posted in: Censorship at 16/08/2012 14:00
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says he will review changes to a law critics say restricts free speech online, after protests.
His comments came after activists and bloggers staged an online black-out for one day to protest against changes.
They replaced their home pages with black screens critical of the Evidence Act, which was revised in April.
Silver lining on Internet blackout day
As members of the online community came out to back Internet Blackout Day in protest against Section 114A of the Evidence Act 1950, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the Act which presumes an internet user as the publisher of any online content unless proven otherwise, will be reviewed.
"I have asked the Cabinet to discuss Section 114A ... whatever we do, we must put people first," he tweeted from Saudi Arabia.
Malaysia reviews controversial Internet law following online protest [IDG]
Malaysia will review a controversial Internet law following a day-long blackout of prominent websites over concern it could be used to silence government critics.
Prime Minister Najib Razak wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night that he has asked his cabinet to discuss section 114A of the Evidence Act 1950. "Whatever we do, we must put people first," he wrote.
Mixed reaction to Malaysia's Internet Blackout Day
Malaysia's Internet Blackout Day on Tuesday has received mix reactions from the country's online population, where some describe the initiative a success while others say it lacked bite.
The Centre for Independent Journalism Malaysia had rallied several Web sites and bloggers in Malaysia to shut down their sites or display a pop-up to promote the "Stop 114a" campaign for 24 hours. Participants included the Malaysian Bar Council, the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Malaysiakini.