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 critic of government’s stance on LGBTQ+ issues
06.08.2020 3 min read

Malaysia: End harassment of critic of government’s stance on LGBTQ+ issues

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Malaysia: Police raid on Al Jazeera offices over migrant documentary is a blow to press freedom
04.08.2020 2 min read

Malaysia: Police raid on Al Jazeera offices over migrant documentary is a blow to press freedom

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Malaysia: Repeal the Sedition Act
27.07.2020 1 min read

Malaysia: Repeal the Sedition Act

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Malaysia: End investigation of Al Jazeera for reporting on the mistreatment of migrants
23.07.2020 4 min read

Malaysia: End investigation of Al Jazeera for reporting on the mistreatment of migrants

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02.07.2020 5 min read

Malaysia: Malaysiakini should not be liable for users’ comments

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Malaysia: Drop contempt proceedings against online news outlet Malaysiakini
19.06.2020 9 min read

Malaysia: Drop contempt proceedings against online news outlet Malaysiakini

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Malaysia: Reform or repeal laws that restrict freedom of expression
12.06.2020 6 min read

Malaysia: Reform or repeal laws that restrict freedom of expression

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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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