INTERNATIONAL: IFEX members call for freedom of expression during historic elections in Burma

Posted on Monday, October 25th, 2010

The following is a joint statement signed by IFEX members, including CIJ, calling, among others, for access for media and election monitors to elections in Burma, and freedom of information for the voters-to-be.

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CIJ supports Zunar’s court challenge against ban on cartoon books

Posted on Saturday, July 31st, 2010

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) applauds and supports cartoonist Zunar and Malaysiakini‘s legal challenge of the Home Ministry ban on his books 1Funny Malaysia and Perak Darul Kartun.


Zunar and Malaysiakini's media statement on court challenge against ban on books

Posted on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Malaysiakini and Zunar have today filed two separate applications to challenge the Home Ministry’s ban of the political cartoon books, 1 Funny Malaysia and Perak Darul Kartun, both of which feature the political cartoons of Zunar.


SINGAPORE: Government bans yet another film by director Martyn See

Posted on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Another film by Singaporean filmmaker Martyn See was ordered banned by the city state effective 14 July 2010 because it was "deemed contrary to public interest."

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Political cartoonist questions seizure of his books

Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Zunar, whose latest cartoon book 1Funny Malaysia was seized from two bookstores, condemns the Home Ministry for regularly restricting the circulation of his cartoons.


CIJ calls for an end to book banning

Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is concerned that the government is considering banning more books and is intimidating book retailer in a move to prevent public debate. Its latest move has been to confiscate two books, Where is Justice and 1Funny Malaysia, published by online news site


INDONESIA: Five books banned, 20 more under evaluation

Posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Lawyers, activists, writers and artists in Indonesia criticize the Attorney General office move in banning five books. They are "Pretext for Mass Murder: The September 30th Movement and Soeharto's Coup d'Etat in Indonesia" by John Roosa, "Six Paths to God" by Darmawan M. M, "Resolving the Mystery of Religious Diversity" by Syahrudin Ahmad, "The Voice [...]

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CIJ welcomes court decision to overturn book ban

Posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) welcomes a court decision to quash a ban on a book published by Sisters in Islam (SIS). The ruling has set an important precedent that limits the previously unchecked power of the Minister of Home Affairs under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 (PPPA).


‘Allah’ issue – give space for all views

Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2010

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is surprised but heartened by the Home Ministry’s nod to a rally against the recent court decision permitting the use of "Allah" by Christian publication “The Herald”.

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Court recognises SIS's right to challenge ban of their book

Posted on Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and the Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI) are pleased with the High Court's decision to allow a judicial review over the ban of a book published by Sisters-in-Islam (SIS).