Sunday, August 12, 2012

Opposing Section 114A



Even Deputy Minister of Higher Education Saifuddin Abdullah, on Saturday, threw his support for civil society’s effort to repeal Section 114A of the Evidence Act 1950. It was passed in Parliament on April 18, 2012 after it was first tabled eight days earlier and is now in force after it was gazetted on July 31. Just to re-cap, it is an attempt to curb Internet freedom – kindly check out my blogpost titled “Section 114A Evidence Act” dated June 14, 2012 at this link http://helpvictor.blogspot.com/2012/06/section-114a-evidence-act.html.

The Center for Indepednent Journalism (CIJ) has been at the forefront in opposing Section 114A for presuming guilt instead of innocence and for making service providers liable for hosting content published by others. In fact, CIJ is launching Internet Blackout Day on August 14, 2012 calling Netizens and online organizations to take part and create awareness about the negative impact of an amendment on online expression.

I will surely lend support this Tuesday. I accept the invitation to upload a pop-up to my blog on the afore-mentioned day for 24 hours.

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