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Malaysia Stages Internet Blackout To Protest New Censorship Law

redletterdave (2493036) writes | more than 2 years ago

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redletterdave writes "Malaysian netizens, opposition politicians, well-known bloggers and non-governmental organizations staged an Internet blackout Tuesday to protest and raise awareness about legislation that could threaten free expression on the Web. According to Malaysia's Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), the second of two amendments to the Malaysian Evidence Act of 1950, also known as Section 114A, "enables law enforcement officials to swiftly hold someone accountable for publishing seditious, defamatory, or libelous content online." In addition, those accused of posting this kind of content will be "assumed to be guilty until proven innocent," which completely stands in the face of the typical logic of the traditional judicial process, which is "innocent until proven guilty." The CIJ warns that "if allegedly defamatory content is traced back to your username, electronic device, and/or Wi-Fi network, Section 114A presumes you are guilty of publishing illicit content on the Internet." The CIJ organized Tuesday's blackout, where participating sites blacked out their names and services with messages that read, "This is what the Web could look like.""
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