The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), Freedom Film Network (FFN) and partners are appalled by and strongly condemn ongoing efforts by the police to intimidate and persecute Freedom Film Network (FFN) and animator/artist, Amin Landak over the animated film, “Chilli Powder and Thinner”. The film illustrates the true story of a boy’s testimony of being tortured while being in police custody. FFN co-founder Anna Har and Amin went to the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman at 2.30pm today to have their statements taken in connection with the film. They finished giving their statements to the police and left Bukit Aman at about 4.10pm. Nevertheless, the police raided the FFN office and Amin’s home all the same.

The Malaysian police are clearly on a rampage against FFN over the animated short film, which depicts police officers torturing and abusing individuals in custody in Malaysia. This investigation, and related raid, contributes to a broader pattern of authorities attempting to quell allegations of police misconduct. Police brutality and abuse of power have been topics of heated discussion online, but authorities routinely silence such discourse by threatening individuals with a criminal investigation.

Retaliatory investigations against human rights defenders, artists and journalists for raising attention to violations of basic human rights show the dire need to protect freedom of expression and ensure police officers in Malaysia are held accountable for any instances of misconduct. The police must be open to public scrutiny and the demand for transparency, while adherence to rule of law must always be upheld. Initiating an investigation merely on the account that a particular incident negatively portrays the police is unwarranted and a serious violation of our constitutional guarantees of freedom of expression and speech.

We, therefore, call for the following measures to be adopted by the State:

● Drop all investigations and stop all acts of intimidation and adverse actions against Anna Har, FFN, Amin Landak, whistleblowers, and others associated with the animated short film;

● Establish the Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), with no further delays, so that police accountability and professionalism is always upheld.

It is incumbent on the government to ensure that they act now and not be complicit in allowing freedom of expression and speech and artistic freedom in Malaysia to be censored or penalised, and where artists and filmmakers operate within a climate of fear. If this practice is not halted, our democracy will be at threat and political priorities will continue to prevail over the public interest.

2 July 2021
Issued by: Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and Freedom Film Network

Endorsed by the following organisations with common interest in promoting FoE:
1. Amnesty International Malaysia
2. C4 Center
3. Gerakan Media Merdeka (GERAMM)
4. Justice for Sisters
5. KRYSS Network
6. Sisters in Islam
7. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
8. Agora Society Malaysia
9. Aliran
10. Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM)
11. Angkatan Mahasiswa UM
12. Association of Women Lawyers (AWL)
13. Baramkini
14. Beyond Architecture Outlet (BAO)
15. Beyond Borders Malaysia
16. Citizens against Enforced Disappearances (CAGED)
17. Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0)
18. Demokrat Kebangsaan
19. Demokrat UKM
20. Demokrat UM
21. Eliminating Deaths and Abuse in Custody (EDICT)
22. EMPOWER Malaysia
24. Family Frontiers Malaysia
25. Five Arts Centre
26. Function 8 Singapore
27. Gerakan Mahasiswa Maju UPM
28. Jaringan Hak Asasi Manusia (JHAM)
29. Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (JERIT)
30. Klima Action Malaysia (KAMY)
31. KLSCAH Youth
32. Malaysia Muda
33. Monsoon Malaysia
34. New Naratif
35. North South Initiative
36. Our Journey
37. Pangrok Sulap
38. Pergerakan Tenaga Akademik Malaysia (GERAK)
39. Persatuan Kebangsaan Pelajar Islam Malaysia (PKPIM)
40. Persatuan Komuniti Prihatin Selangor dan Kuala Lumpur
41. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita, Selangor (Friends of Women Organisation, Selangor)
42. Pertubuhan Solidaritas
44. Projek Wawasan Rakyat (POWR)
45. Pusat KOMAS46. Ruang Kongsi (Penang)
47. Sabah Human Rights Centre
48. Sabah Law Society Subcommittee on Human Rights
49. Sabah Reform Initiative (SARI)
50. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)
51. Society for Equality, Respect And Trust for All Sabah (SERATA)
52. Student Progressive Front UUM
53. Student Unity Front UKM
54. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
55. Svara
56. Tenaganita
57. Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
58. Terabai Kenyalang Heritage Association of Sarawak (TKHAS)
59. The 14% Project
60. Think Centre
61. Tindak Malaysia
63. Undi 18
64. Waroeng Baru

1. Andrew Khoo
2. Benazir Japiril Bandaran
3. Beverly Joeman
4. Chen Yoke Pin
5. Devaruban Samalam Ruban
6. Elroi Yee
7. Farida Mohammad
8. Hui Yein
9. Janet Pillai
10. Julien Chen Lip Syn
11. Kenneth Cheng
12. Lim Kye Lee
13. Mark Teh
14. Nafeesa Mat Ali
15. Okui Lala
16. Risya
17. Sarah
18. S. M. Muthu
19. Simon Soon
20. Wong Chin Huat
21. Wong Tay Sy
22. Wong Yan Kee
23. Yolanda Augustin
24. Zaharom Nain

Source: Malaysiakini


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