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The Malaysian government has proposed even stricter internet censorship laws.
Under the proposed laws, it will become illegal for internet users to post or publish any content that the government deems “obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive”, even if the user did not intend for their content to be interpreted as such.
The punishment such a user would receive has increased – fines would be doubled and jail time would be tripled.
The draft law also proposes that internet service providers that publish such content will be punished, even if they didn’t know about the content that the user published.
The punishments meted out to internet service providers will be increased – fines will be increased twentyfold, with an additional daily fine increasing 100-fold.
Even foreign websites would be censored. Under the proposed laws, if foreign websites do not comply with Malaysia’s censorship laws, then they will be blocked.