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: End harassment of union workers and peaceful protesters
03.06.2020 2 min read

Malaysia: End harassment of union workers and peaceful protesters

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11.05.2020 2 min read

Malaysia: ARTICLE 19 and partner organisations urge Malaysia Prime Minister to respond to ‘hate speech’ against the Rohingya

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Malaysia: Police summon journalist who reported on migrant raids
04.05.2020 2 min read

Malaysia: Police summon journalist who reported on migrant raids

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Malaysia: Stop using repressive laws to counter misinformation about coronavirus
24.03.2020 2 min read

Malaysia: Stop using repressive laws to counter misinformation about coronavirus

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Malaysia: End online attacks, ensure the safety of journalists
16.03.2020 3 min read

Malaysia: End online attacks, ensure the safety of journalists

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Malaysia: End harassment of civil society and peaceful protesters
05.03.2020 1 min read

Malaysia: End harassment of civil society and peaceful protesters

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27.02.2020 2 min read

Malaysia: Drop charges against activist for graduation protest

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21.02.2020 4 min read

Malaysia: End gender segregation for artistic and cultural performances

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17.02.2020 4 min read

Malaysia: Repeal publications law to promote freedom of expression

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