Withdraw reprimand against ‘The Star’; repeal PPPA

Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

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 [...]

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Do not ban usage of "Allah"

Posted on Saturday, January 16th, 2010

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 [...]

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NGOs condemn churches attack

Posted on Sunday, January 10th, 2010

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.

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‘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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CIJ criticises seizure of Bibles in Kuching

Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2009

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.

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CIJ: Stop targeting critics

Posted on Thursday, October 15th, 2009

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 [...]

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Al Islam breached code of ethics (The Nut Graph's article)

Posted on Monday, July 13th, 2009

PETALING JAYA, 13 July 2009: Al Islam magazine clearly violated journalistic ethics when it went undercover at a Catholic mass and partook of the holy communion, the Centre for Independent Journalism(CIJ) said today.

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International: UN passes defamation of religion resolution

Posted on Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

The United Nations Human Rights Council approved a resolution on defamation of religion last week, much to the dismay of IFEX members who say the measure is a serious blow to the right to freedom of expression.

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International: Organizations reject defamation of religion campaign

Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2009

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.

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ISA, Sedition Act tools for communalism

Posted on Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

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 [...]

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