Malaysia started a no-Internet censorship pledge violation?

UPDATE

Gman: Does the MCMC realise that it is going back on its own Bill of Guarantees, that the Malaysian government would ensure no Internet censorship?

They can’t just ban a website just because it gives us news and views from the ‘other side’ more so since our mainstream media seems to be all one-sided propaganda.

(Yes, even SHAMELESSLY always one sided. Esp New Shit times and one Malay language newspaper. I stopped buying both of them. Even the Star had written about 7-8 news/articles about DSAI in one day’s issue before 12 GE. We are disgusted and Rakyat punished MCA. But they never learnt!)

What is on the website is people expressing their views, opinions and ideas and I don’t think it is insensitive or inciting.

I think we Malaysians are mature enough to judge for ourselves what is right and wrong. 

We have a right to information and it is not up to any ‘commission’ to deny us our right to it.

Malaysia started a No-Internet censorship pledge violation?

Malaysiakini news

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has ordered all internet service providers (ISPs) to block controversial online portal Malaysia Today.

This is the first time such curbs have been initiated against a non-pornographic website, posing questions as to whether the government is reneging on its no-Internet censorship pledge. 

Under the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Malaysia 10 Point Bill of Guarantees, the government promises to ensure no internet censorship.

MCMC chief operating officer Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi, when contacted today, said MCMC had instructed all ISPs to block access to Malaysia Today based on complaints received by the general public regarding offensive comments posted on the website. 

Asked if the move to block Malaysia Today went against the government’s guarantee of Internet freedom, he said that the matter was subject to interpretation. 

“We are governed by the Communications and Multimedia Act (1998) which allows us to take preventive measures and advise our license holders (such as ISPs) when a service user may be contravening national laws,” he said. 

Under Section 263 of the Act, a licensee must “use his best endeavour” to prevent his/her facilities from being used to violate any law in the country”. 

Mohamed Sharil said that MCMC will be communicating with the Malaysia Today owner Raja Petra Kamaruddin and other blog owners soon regarding “ethical blogging”. 

“We are not against blogs, but we would like to see ethical blogging,” he stressed. 

 

In an immediate reaction, Communication and Multimedia Licensee Association (CMLA) – which represents all ISP licence holders in Malaysia – urged bloggers to practice self-regulation. 

“We support the open flow of information across the Internet and a self-regulating environment,” said CMLA chairperson Afzal Abdul Rahim.

“The best way for us to find some amenable middle ground between airing opinions and being partial to community sensitivities, we strongly urge the blogosphere to practise a commensurate amount of self-moderation,” he said.

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