Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Online Freedom Becomes More Challenging in Malaysia

Nothing that happens in Malaysia surprises me anymore.
According to Freedom House's “Freedom on the Net 2016” report, Malaysia rose two points on its Internet Freedom Index since 2015, with the current score of 45 indicating a “Partly Free” environment with continued and growing restrictions on local users. [Note: This index rates a country's overall freedom from 0 to 100, with 0 meaning no restrictions whatsoever and 100, the complete opposite].

Online freedom in Malaysia has deteriorated in nearly all categories measured in the global report on Internet censorship, putting the country among those with the most marked increases of government restrictions.
Whatever happened to Putrajaya's policy of non-censorship?
This was an integral part of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC Malaysia) project and is legally enforceable under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and MSC Malaysia's Bill of Guarantees.
Certainly, the government have reneged on their pledge never to censor the internet. We are all too familiar with the political censorship that was enforced with impunity.
The authorities blocked access to favorite websites and blogs, including Sarawak Report, Malaysia Chronicle, and The Malaysian Insider among others, for allegedly publishing 'unverified contents' which could 'create unrest'”. Freedom House had even cited the block as contributing to the closure of The Malaysian Insider in March this year.
The sad state of affairs that is Malaysia today. As a nation, we are regressing.
Yesterday, I was at the MIDA Toastmasters meeting. I was a speech evaluator and I took part in Table Topics. I was voted Best Table Topics speaker.

And then at the Bangsar Toastmasters meeting, I took part in Table Topics too. And I was again voted Best Table Topics speaker.


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