Online news portal The Malaysian Insider(TMI), which turned eight last month,has been blocked by the Multimedia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

Since the disclosure of 2.6 billion scandal, Malaysian government has continued to crackdown of alternate news portals and  tightening the noose of censorship around the necks of Malaysia’s vibrant online news portals.

It noted the block on TMI followed similar censorship against regional news site Asia Sentinel, publishing platform Medium.com, whistleblower publication Sarawak Report, and socio-political blogs OutSyed The Box, Din Turtle and Minaq Jingo.

The draconian action clearly violates point seven of the Multimedia Super Corridor Bill of Guarantees which guarantees no Internet censorship.

The government also plans to table amendments to the Communications and Multimedia Act to introduce heavier penalties for offences under the Act.

Malaysians should be very concerned with the increased cases of Internet censorship by the government in recent months, signalling worse days ahead for freedom of expression and information in Malaysia.

KLSCAH Youth Section will be organizing a forum, 3 speakers are invited to be the panelists on this forum. The details of the forum as below:

Date:22 March 2016 (Tuesday )
Time:8:30 PM
Venue:Auditorium of KLSCAH (Jalan Maharajarela , Kuala Lumpur)
Topic: One Pen, Ten Thousands Men — — Media Freedom in Malaysia

1.Chang Teck Peng (Media Researcher)
2.Zunar (Political cartoonist)
3.Zulkifli Sulong (The Malaysian Insider Features & Analysis Editor)

The forum will be conducted in bilingual. Free admission & all are welcome.

For further enquiry, please contact the assistant secretary of the KLSCAH at tel: 03-2274 6645.

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