CIJ condemns intimidation of lawyer, blogger, news site

Posted on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) Malaysia views with concern the investigations being conducted by the Malaysian communications regulator, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) into online reports of a speech by the Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

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CIJ, WAMI: Time for a Road Map on Media Freedom for Democracy

Posted on Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and Writers' Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI) set out a timeline for greater media freedom and freedom of expression and urge the Najib Razak's administration to reveal a roadmap that incorporates the timeline for his "1Malaysia" concept . The Prime Minister must show his sincerity and political will to [...]

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Stop online censorship and harassment

Posted on Friday, March 13th, 2009

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and the Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI) are alarmed that six people have been charged for making comments about Perak royal family. The use of Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA) violates the Act's stated promise that it would not be used to censor the Internet. CIJ and [...]

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Free expression degrades further with latest blogger arrest.

Posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2008

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) strongly protests the arrest of a second blogger, Syed Azidi Syed Aziz—or Sheih, as he is known—barely a week after the country's most popular and infamous blogger, Raja Petra Kamarudin, was arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

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Release Raja Petra

Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2008

The Centre for Independent (CIJ) and Writers Alliance (WAMI) condemn the arrest of prominent blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin under the Internal Security Act (ISA) as well as the threats issued against the media. A series of actions in the period of two days – the arrest, show cause letters issued to two dailies and an [...]

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CIJ and WAMI urge for whistleblower protection

Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2008

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and Writers' Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI) are deeply concerned about the defamation suit filed against blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin by lawyer Shafee Abdullah, who also demanded through a court order for Raja Petra to reveal the sources of his articles said to be defamatory.

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Arrest and harassment of bloggers under criminal laws must stop

Posted on Friday, August 8th, 2008

 Update: Pak Bakaq was released on police bail at about 5pm on August 8. He was not charged for any offence.   The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) condemns the police arrest of blogger Abdul Rashid Abu Bakar, owner of the blog penarik beca (trishaw peddler), under the broadly worded Sedition Act, which gives the [...]

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NGOs reject criminalisation of critical expression

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2008

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), the National Human Rights Society (HAKAM), and Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI) are gravely concerned at the continued invoking of laws aimed at criminalizing expression such as those creating the offences of sedition and criminal defamation as illustrated by the arrest of blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin for these [...]

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Civil society groups express solidarity with blogger Raja Petra

Posted on Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Six civil society group, including the National Alliance of Bloggers and Centre for Independent Journalism have stated solidarity with blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, who is now detained in the Sungai Buloh prison for charges under the Sedition Act. This is the fourth time the blogger was taken action against using this law. The group unanimously [...]

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CIJ and WAMI questions Sedition Acts used against blogger, again

Posted on Friday, May 2nd, 2008

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI) are concerned that the Sedition Act continues to be used to harass bloggers, contradicting the positive attitude that the government exhibited towards bloggers post election. The targetting of certain bloggers, in particular, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, under the broadly worded Sedition Act raises [...]

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