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Malaysian minister receptive to reform of comms act and content

Malaysian minister receptive to reform of comms act and content

A human rights campaigner has urged the Malaysian government to form a taskforce of officials and concerned citizens for discussions on changes to the Communications and Multimedia Act, reports Free Malaysia Today. “Dobby Chew of the Suaram group said the communications act is outdated, having been created in 1998 when the internet was still young. He said section 233 was too ambiguous and broad in making it a crime to disseminate information deemed offensive. Any amendment must balance the issue of cyber-harassment and freedom of expression, he said.” Definitions of “offensive content” could be improved with illustrations in the penal code, he said. Communications and multimedia minister, Gobind Singh Deo, said he will re-examine section 223. The ministry would consider making amendments to certain parts, or new provisions brought in. Chew said a law is still needed to regulate use of internet infrastructure, and he suggested that separate laws be enacted to regulate the industry, and to deal with cybercrime and cybersecurity threats. The communications act should focus on industry regulation with other matters such as defamation or offensive material dealt with through the penal code. Read more

  • Monday, 23 July 2018

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