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: UN rights review must accelerate progress on human rights reforms
30.11.2018 8 min read

Malaysia: UN rights review must accelerate progress on human rights reforms

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13.09.2018 4 min read

Malaysia: Senate’s rejection of bill abolishing Anti-Fake News Law a backwards step

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16.08.2018 4 min read

Malaysia: Repeal of Anti-Fake News Act must be followed by broader legislative reform efforts

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16.08.2018 10 min read

Malaysia: Lack of progress on human rights commitments during government’s first 100 days

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12.07.2018 4 min read

Malaysia: Drop investigation of human rights defender, repeal repressive legislation

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Malaysia: A new era for free speech?
22.06.2018 2 min read

Malaysia: A new era for free speech?

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04.06.2018 18 min read

Malaysia: Submission to the Committee on Institutional Reforms

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Malaysia: Civil society calls on new government to reform laws restricting freedom of expression and access to information
22.05.2018 13 min read

Malaysia: Civil society calls on new government to reform laws restricting freedom of expression and access to information

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24.04.2018 4 min read

Malaysia: Anti-Fake News Act

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