Trials of high profile individuals charged under the Sedition Act 1948 ongoing

Malaysia Sedition Act - cartoon by Zunar

Malaysia Sedition Act – cartoon by Zunar

Several well-known Malaysians who have been charged with offences under the Sedition Act 1948 are currently facing trial at the Sessions Court.

 

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Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, better known as Zunar - pic from www.zunar.my

Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, better known as Zunar – pic from www.zunar.my

Zulkiflee Bin SM Anwarul Haque, better known as Zunar, charged with nine counts of sedition under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act 1948, had his trial commenced on 16 November 2015. It continues at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on 8 and 15 December 2015 (Criminal Sessions Court 10 / MSJ 10 ).

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Global rights group slams Putrajaya for ‘binge’ on prosecution of critics

Source: The Malay Mail Online

HRW’s Brad Adams says the government is making a mockery of its claims to democracy and fundamental rights by treating criticism as a crime. ― Picture by Mayuri Mei Lin

HRW’s Brad Adams says the government is making a mockery of its claims to democracy and fundamental rights by treating criticism as a crime. ― Picture by Mayuri Mei Lin

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 ― Malaysia’s government has been accused of turning its back on pledged reforms and instead used criminal laws to crack down on its critics, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report.

The 145-page report cited a long list of arrests of people seen to be critical of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his administration, and also the suspension of two newspapers, the blocking of websites and the declaration that peaceful protests were unlawful.

“Malaysia has gone on a binge of prosecutions of critics,” Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, was quoted as saying, claiming that Najib had broken promises to revise laws that criminalise peaceful expression.

“The government is making a mockery of its claims to democracy and fundamental rights by treating criticism as a crime,” Adams added. Read more