Rights group takes on online bullying

Source: The Malaysian Insight

The anonymity of the internet makes it a perfect place for cyber bullies to inflict harm, abuse or threats on others, besides invading users’ privacy. – EPA pic, October 7, 2017.

A HUMAN rights group looking to expand laws to protect online users from cyber-harassment will complete a public feedback initiative today and prepare a consultation document it hopes will form the basis for stronger laws to tackle the problem.

The Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR) will compile the views under its PeopleACT initiative and hand it over to internet regulator the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), various ministries and other organisations.

MCCHR project manager Lim Ka Ea said information communication technology was increasingly used as a tool to inflict harm, abuse or threats on others, besides invading users’ privacy.

Threats of rape, death and exposure of private data, information and photographs are emotionally stressful and the damage they inflict on their victims can sometimes extend to physical trauma, she said.

“In most of these cases, perpetrators of cyber-harassment are rarely held accountable for their behaviour  and the possibility of being anonymous in cyber-space exacerbates this problem,” Lim said. Read more

Petition: Stop Crackdowns on Intellectuals in Malaysia!

Source: Change.org

To sign the petition, go to: https://www.change.org/p/the-federal-government-of-malaysia-stop-crackdowns-on-intellectuals-in-malaysia

We, the undersigned individuals, register our gravest concern and strongest objection to a series of crackdowns on intellectuals from September 25 to October 3.

These include the arrest of Turkish writer Mustafa Akyol, the harassment and persecution of Akyol’s host, Dr Farouk Musa of Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) and the banning of 22 books, including discursive writings by Akyol, Farouk Musa, scholar Faisal Tehrani (Dr. Mohd Faizal Musa) and cleric Ustaz Wan Ji Wan Hussin.

“Religious teaching without tauliah [proper accreditation]” (Section 11 of Act 559 in this case) is a Syariah offense normally reserved for errant preachers in mosques and surau.

Actions by the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JAWI) against Akyol for allegedly committing such an offence prior to an aborted forum in Nottingham University Malaysia, and against Dr. Farouk Musa for allegedly abetting Akyol, set a dangerous precedent with far-reaching implications for academic freedom and, certainly, freedom of speech in Malaysia. Read more