In Malaysia, wholesale decline in Net freedom

Source: The Malay Mail Online

reedom House singled out the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA) as the main culprit for the regression. — AFP pic

Freedom House singled out the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA) as the main culprit for the regression. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 — Online freedom in Malaysia worsened in nearly all categories measured in a global report on Internet censorship, putting the country among those with the most marked increases of government restrictions.

According to Freedom House’s “Freedom on the Net 2016” report, Malaysia rose two points on its Internet Freedom Index since 2015, with the current score of 45 indicating a “Partly Free” environment with continued and growing restrictions on local users.

The index rates a country’s overall freedom from 0 to 100, with 0 meaning no restrictions whatsoever and 100, the complete opposite.

The watchdog group that advocates freedom and democracy credited this to Malaysia’s first overt violations of its previous guarantee not to filter content online, which the country made when it began its embrace of the Internet. Read more