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?
Are we going backwards? All this is a far cry from Mahathir’s pledge not to censor the internet first made when the Multimedia Super Corridor was set up in the 1990s. And as recently as May 2014, Najib pledged to preserve the internet as a space for free debate and discussion.
What can you do? If you feel strongly about this, contact your local elected rep and tell him or her what you feel about this.