From porn to politics: Malaysian ISPs aid censorship by blocking 39 sites, says study

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Graphics by the Malay Mail Online.

Graphics by the Malay Mail Online.

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 — Malaysian internet service providers (ISPs) facilitated censorship in the country by tampering with internet connections and blocking 39 websites, according to “The State of Internet Censorship in Malaysia” study released yesterday.

The study by local open technology initiative Sinar Project and global censorship monitor Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) found the websites blocked included not only pornography, but those on religious and political criticism, and even news sites.

“This study provides data that serves as evidence of the DNS blocking of 39 different websites in Malaysia. Since block pages were detected for all of these sites, their censorship is confirmed and undeniable.

“The blocked websites include news outlets, blogs, and a popular publishing platform (medium.com),” said the report. Read more