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Malaysian journalist charged over coronavirus Facebook posts

February 6, 2020 11:15 AM ET

Bangkok, February 6, 2020 -- Malaysian authorities should immediately drop all charges against journalist Wan Noor Hayati Wan Alias and allow reporters to freely cover and comment on the coronavirus outbreak, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Syrian Kurdish journalist Himbervan Kousa arrested at Kuala Lumpur airport

December 10, 2019 11:20 AM ET

Beirut, December 10, 2019 -- Malaysian authorities should disclose their reasons for holding Syrian Kurdish journalist Himbervan Kousa or release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ welcomes repeal of Malaysia's "fake news" law

August 16, 2018 10:53 AM ET

Washington, D.C., August 16, 2018--The Malaysian parliament today repealed a law imposing criminal penalties for "fake news" that had been enacted earlier this year by the previous government of Prime Minister Najib Razak, according to news reports....

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Malaysia withdraws sedition charges against cartoonist Zunar

July 31, 2018 11:53 AM ET

New York, July 31, 2018--A Kuala Lumpur court yesterday dropped nine sedition charges against Malaysia's political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, known as Zunar, according to news reports. If convicted, Zunar, who was honored with CPJ's 2015 International Press Freedom Award, could have been jailed for up to 43 years....

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CPJ calls on Malaysia's Mahathir to prioritize press freedom

June 7, 2018 11:32 AM ET

CPJ calls on newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to prioritize the promotion and protection of press freedom, and to immediately take action to repeal the recently enacted "fake news" law and other restrictive legislation.

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Malaysia issues first 'fake news' conviction

April 30, 2018 12:28 PM ET

Bangkok, April 30, 2018--In a verdict with grave implications for press freedom, a Malaysian court today handed down the nation's first conviction under its recently enacted "fake news" law, according to press reports....

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Malaysian Parliament to vote on 'fake news' bill

March 26, 2018 4:01 PM ET

New York, March 26, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Malaysian Parliament to withdraw a draft bill on fake news. Under the proposed Anti-Fake News 2018 bill, anyone convicted of creating, circulating or publishing fake news online or on social media could face a 10-year jail...

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Malaysian authorities repeatedly arrest, harass award-winning cartoonist Zunar

December 19, 2016 11:54 AM ET

Bangkok, December 19, 2016--Malaysian authorities should drop all criminal charges against editorial cartoonist Zulikiflee Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, and stop harassing him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Zunar on December 17, the cartoonist said in a statement, the latest incident in authorities' relentless...

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Malaysia intensifies harassment of award-winning cartoonist

November 28, 2016 11:22 AM ET

Bangkok, November 28, 2016―Malaysian authorities should drop all criminal charges against award-winning cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, popularly known as Zunar, and cease harassing him for his work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Independent Malaysian news website faces threats, harassment

November 7, 2016 12:45 PM ET

Bangkok, November 8, 2016 - Malaysia's government should cease harassing independent news site Malaysiakini, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police have opened a criminal investigation into the website, and a government-linked pressure group has threatened to "tear down" the website's office....

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