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: Government should respect human rights as it seeks UN Human Rights Council membership
17.09.2021 18 min read

Malaysia: Government should respect human rights as it seeks UN Human Rights Council membership

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Malaysia: #CubaDengarDulu youth initiative to promote diversity and inclusiveness
30.08.2021 4 min read

Malaysia: #CubaDengarDulu youth initiative to promote diversity and inclusiveness

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Malaysia: Arrest of vigil attendees is government’s latest act of harassment against Lawan protesters
20.08.2021 2 min read

Malaysia: Arrest of vigil attendees is government’s latest act of harassment against Lawan protesters

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Malaysia: Police visits to the homes of peaceful protesters are excessive
05.08.2021 2 min read

Malaysia: Police visits to the homes of peaceful protesters are excessive

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Malaysia: Government must stop harassment and intimidation of peaceful protesters
31.07.2021 11 min read

Malaysia: Government must stop harassment and intimidation of peaceful protesters

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Malaysia: Protesters and government critics face new wave of harassment by authorities
29.07.2021 7 min read

Malaysia: Protesters and government critics face new wave of harassment by authorities

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Malaysia: Critics are suppressed while police brutality goes unaddressed
02.07.2021 4 min read

Malaysia: Critics are suppressed while police brutality goes unaddressed

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Malaysia: Emergency Fake News Ordinance has severe ramifications for freedom of expression
23.06.2021 4 min read

Malaysia: Emergency Fake News Ordinance has severe ramifications for freedom of expression

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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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