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.

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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Malaysia: Fundamental freedoms in decline under Perikatan Nasional government
03.03.2021 6 min read

Malaysia: Fundamental freedoms in decline under Perikatan Nasional government

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Malaysian Federal Court decision against online news portal Malaysiakini a setback to media freedom and freedom of expression
23.02.2021 7 min read

Malaysian Federal Court decision against online news portal Malaysiakini a setback to media freedom and freedom of expression

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Malaysia: Conviction of Malaysiakini a blow to press freedom
19.02.2021 4 min read

Malaysia: Conviction of Malaysiakini a blow to press freedom

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Malaysia: Blasphemy provisions must be repealed
20.01.2021 4 min read

Malaysia: Blasphemy provisions must be repealed

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Briefing Paper: Blasphemy Provisions in Malaysian Law
20.01.2021 4 min read

Briefing Paper: Blasphemy Provisions in Malaysian Law

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Malaysia: Abandon criminalisation of LGBTQI community
19.01.2021 2 min read

Malaysia: Abandon criminalisation of LGBTQI community

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Malaysia: Call for solidarity in advancing civil liberties and human rights
09.12.2020 9 min read

Malaysia: Call for solidarity in advancing civil liberties and human rights

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The Politics of Hate Speech
27.11.2020 12 min read

The Politics of Hate Speech

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