Malaysia

Freedom of expression in Malaysia continues to deteriorate, with human rights defenders, journalists and protestors targeted with criminal sanctions for exercising their rights. The government has yet to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and many of the country’s laws fall short of international standards on free expression. Laws such as the Penal Code and Sedition Act, as well as increasingly the Communications and Multimedia Act, are used against human rights defenders and media organisations for comments online and offline which are critical of the government and address corruption.

ARTICLE 19’s work in Malaysia includes advocating for the reform of laws which restrict free expression, working to improve religious tolerance and combat hate speech, and documenting violations of freedom of expression in Malaysia.  We work to address three inter-related issues: the use of hate speech and discriminatory language on social media targeting religious and ethnic minorities; moves by the government to limit on- and off-line speech through criminal defamation and other legal action; and the capacity deficit of government institutions mandated to protect freedom of expression.

Malaysia: Authorities reverting to repressive tactics of former governments to throttle expression online
10.06.2021 11 min read

Malaysia: Authorities reverting to repressive tactics of former governments to throttle expression online

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Malaysia: Drop sedition charges against opposition party member and repeal the draconian Sedition Act
02.06.2021 2 min read

Malaysia: Drop sedition charges against opposition party member and repeal the draconian Sedition Act

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Malaysia: End harassment of civil society
10.05.2021 6 min read

Malaysia: End harassment of civil society

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Malaysia: Stop harassment of political cartoonist
28.04.2021 2 min read

Malaysia: Stop harassment of political cartoonist

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Malaysia: End investigations into political satire artist
24.04.2021 3 min read

Malaysia: End investigations into political satire artist

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Malaysia: Stop the criminalisation of LGBTQI individuals
07.04.2021 1 min read

Malaysia: Stop the criminalisation of LGBTQI individuals

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Malaysia: Repeal ‘fake news’ emergency ordinance
15.03.2021 10 min read

Malaysia: Repeal ‘fake news’ emergency ordinance

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Malaysia: End the harassment of Fahmi Reza
10.03.2021 2 min read

Malaysia: End the harassment of Fahmi Reza

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Rights in Reverse: One year under the Perikatan Nasional government in Malaysia
03.03.2021 7 min read

Rights in Reverse: One year under the Perikatan Nasional government in Malaysia

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