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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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Award-winning Malaysian cartoonist banned from travel

October 18, 2016 11:47 AM ET

Bangkok, October 18, 2016--Malaysian authorities should immediately lift all restrictions on cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque's freedom of movement, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. An officer at Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday prevented the cartoonist, better known as Zunar, from leaving the country, according to news reports....

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Pro-government group harasses journalists in Malaysia

October 17, 2016 12:06 PM ET

Bangkok, October 17, 2016 - Malaysian authorities should swiftly bring to justice those responsible for harassing three journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Members of a pro-government group threatened journalists covering a confrontation between a group associated with the ruling party and a rival group on October...

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Closure of news site underscores Malaysia's press freedom crisis amid 1MDB scandal

March 21, 2016 1:02 PM ET

On March 14, The Malaysian Insider abruptly closed its editorial operations less than a month after the state media regulator, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, blocked local access to its news site....

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Australian journalists harassed and threatened in Malaysia

March 14, 2016 10:48 AM ET

Bangkok, March 14, 2016 - Authorities should immediately lift restrictions imposed on the freedom of movement of two Australian journalists in Malaysia and drop all legal threats against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Amid financial scandal, Malaysia increases pressure on media

February 12, 2016 11:55 AM ET

A financial scandal involving a state investment fund created and overseen by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, exposed in turns by investigative journalists, has put a parallel spotlight on the country's deteriorating press freedom situation. A suggestion by the government's top lawyer to strengthen the 1972 Official Secrets Act...

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CPJ urges Obama to prioritize press freedom at ASEAN summit

February 12, 2016 10:30 AM ET

Dear President Obama: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express our enduring concern about the press freedom situation in Southeast Asia ahead of the summit meeting you will host for regional leaders from February 15 to February 16.

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