Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Freedom on the Net

Malaysia has fallen eight places in the Washington-based think tank Freedom House's latest Freedom on the Net report, which measures Internet freedom in 47 countries.

We are now labeled “partly free” and we are sitting in the 23rd spot, in the same league as Libya and Jordan!

One of the primary Freedom House complaints is the amendments to Section 114A of the Evidence Act 1950 which make intermediaries liable for content posted by anonymous users. Whatever the merits, if any, on the need for it – the fact remains that it serves to hamper, hinder and hogtie free expression online and open the doors to selective politically-motivated prosecutions. Here, the notion of presumption of guilt is re-visited and the burden of proof shifts to the accused. You and I know that this is Malaysian baloney!

I didn’t watch this EPL game on Saturday and so I missed reporting about it – until today. There was relief etched on my face when I learned that the Reds finally chalked their first win of the season when they showed style and swagger to put the Canaries to the sword with a remarkable 5-2 victory.

A deft move started by Suso (i.e. Jesus "Suso" Joaquin Fernandez Saez de La Torre) in the deep led to nice movement from midfield which was emphatically converted by Luis Suarez in the 2nd minute. Thirty-six minutes later, Suarez curled a fantastic shot into the far corner of the box after a mix-up by two Canaries, Michael Turner and Javier Garrido Behobide gifted him the ball. It took another nine minutes before a rapid counter-attack started by Raheem Sterling was converted by Nuri Sahin after a great pass by Suarez to make it 3-0 for Liverpool.

Steve Morison gave the Canaries a rare moment of solace when he drove in a shot (61) after Pepe Reina parried the ball into his path following a Russell Martin shot. But Liverpool did not allow the Canaries any respite as Steve Gerrard's long-range strike deflected off Norwich’s Leon Barnett on the way into the net (68). The Reds took their foot off the gas and Grant Holt angled in a shot (87) for Norwich although it did little to disguise the latter’s comprehensive defeat at the hands (or should it be ‘feet'?) of Liverpool FC.

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