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The Communications and Multimedia Ministry has sent to the attorney general’s chambers a proposal to amend the law so that news portals and blogs (apparently aimed at political or news blogs) will be forced to register with the government.

This appears to be a thinly disguised attempt to restrict or control the space for freedom of expression against the backdrop of the recent exposes of major corruption or financial scandals and the blocking of several critical websites. What do you think?

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Update (3.05pm): The case has now been postponed. Case management has been fixed for 4 December 2015.

Terence Fernandez, the investigations editor of The Edge, rose to national prominence as the former sidekick of Citizen Nades in theSun during the PKFZ expose. He was the editor of the book PKFZ: Some Untold Stories, written by Nades.

Terence is also the winner of a Malaysian Press Intitute journalism award and three awards for Editorial Excellence from the Society of Publishers in Asia (Sopa), founded in 1982 to promote excellence in journalism and best practices in Asia Pacific.

Now, Terence is in the dock in Penang in a defamation suit arising from a report published in fz.com.

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Update: Lionel Morais, Amin Shah Iskandar and Zulkifli Sulong were released this evening after the police failed to secure remand. Release Kay Tat and Jahabar as well!

The arrests of The Edge CEO Ho Kay Tat and TMI chief editor Jahabar Sadiq this morning, along with three other TMI editors – Lionel Morais, Amin Shah Iskandar and Zulkifli Sulong – is deeply disturbing.

This is not a step formard, but a step backwards to the dark days post-Ops Lalang, when The Star and a couple of other papers were effective muzzled.