Shrinking space for freedom


Have a look at this documentary by Aljazeera.

And check out Aliran’s Crackdown Watch list of those targeted by the authorities.

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Why is the space for freedom shrinking? Is it because certain quarters are worried about the growing support for dissenting voices and the declining credibility of the current administration?

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David Loman

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gk ong

Stupid indeed for the authority to suppress the voice of rakyat when people can now share information freely and speedily on social media like FB, Whatsapp, Line etc

Don Anamalai

True, many Whatapps messages are short and straight to the point, with impactful images and graphics.
No need to refer to mainstream media.