22 March 2011 The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) regrets that yet another reprimand was issued by the Home Ministry to the press, this time to “The Star”. “The Star” stated that it was reprimanded for a 9 March 2011 article on the impounding of 5,000 Bahasa Malaysia (BM) Bibles. “The Star” was reportedly reminded [...]
The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) strongly protests the government's ban on the usage of the word "Allah" by the non- Muslims in the Peninsular, as pronounced by Minister in the Prime Minister Department, Nazri Abdul Aziz. By perpetuating the myth that multi-religious usage of the word causes racial and religious discord, the government indirectly [...]
In the following joint statement more than a hundred NGOs condemns the attacks of churches since 8 January following the protests against the usage of the word "Allah" by non-Christians. Media reports that as of 10 January six churches were attacked with petrol bombs and paint.
The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) opposes the recent confiscation of Bibles in the Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia) in Kuching, Sarawak because they used the term "Allah" for "God" in the text. The confiscation is another example of abuse of the Printing Presses and Publication Act (PPPA) 1987 to control public access to publications.
The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is deeply concerned about the targeted condemnation against a network of women's rights organisations.The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) has been raising questions over the absence of human rights standards in a recent Syariah court decision to whip a woman for consuming alcohol. JAG has also called [...]
More than 180 rights organisations worldwide, including 27 IFEX members, have banded together to oppose a "defamation of religions" campaign at the UN mounted by Islamic states that would make criticising religion a crime in UN resolutions, declarations and world conferences.
The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI) condemn calls to use the Internal Security Act (ISA) and Sedition Act against the Bar Council for organising a forum on "Conversion to Islam" on August 9, which was aborted shortly after it started due to pressure from a group of about [...]