Malaysia Pushes For Stricter Online Censorship Laws

Websites would have to police their content or risk facing legal action

Following a report into 700 million US dollars that suddenly appeared in the Malaysian Prime Ministers personal bank account, the Malaysian government is now pushing for a wider censorship bill. The detailed report, which included other corruption stories, originally appeared on the website Medium, which was then completely blocked in the country. Now, the Malaysian government is attempting to pass a law that will remove the “liability protections” that online providers currently have, meaning that websites would have to police content themselves, or risk facing legal action. However, public groups in the country have begun protesting against the proposed law with a coalition group saying that the law would “[entrench] censorship in an environment already heavily regulated for the media and publishing.” 

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