Get with the times, ex-AG tells Apandi on OSA expansion

Source: Malaysiakini

OSA-222x300Former attorney-general Abu Talib Othman has reminded attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali that the world is now moving towards a greater freedom of information.

Abu Talib said this when commenting on Apandi’s proposal to expand the Official Secrets Act 1972 to punish journalists who do not reveal their sources after publishing confidential information.

“The world is moving towards more transparency, not secrecy,” Abu Talib told (photo) Malaysiakini yesterday.

Apandi, in an interview with Sin Chew Daily, said he wants the law expanded to also implicate the “journalist, editor, assistant editor and editor-in-chief”, for withholding a identity the identity of their source. Read more