FETTERS ON FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND FREE SPEECH IN MALAYSIA : A STUDY OF THE LICENSING AND SEDITION LAW

Kannan Loganathan, Ali Salman, Emma Mirza Wati Mohammad

Abstract


This study examines the restrictions on Freedom of Information in Malaysia by studying the licensing requirements of print media and the use of the sedition law to curtail free speech.  The use Printing Presses and Publication Act 1984 and the Sedition Act 1948 under circumstances that can hinder freedom of information and freedom of speech were explored.  The study found that these laws were unfairly and indiscriminately used to stifle criticism of government even if it is harmless thus negating the free flow of information.Fetters on Freedom of Information and free speech in Malaysia : a study of the licensing and sedition law. 


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