Activist: 3 charged every week under Communications Act

Source: FMT News

Pic taken from FMT News

Pic taken from FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Human rights activists say more people will likely be charged under the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) as it is too vague and open to interpretation.

Speaking at the launch of a legal analysis on the Act today, Suaram representative Dobby Chew said about three people were charged every week.

“Some cases are very mundane,” he added.

“How can we protect these people? They can be people on the street, on the bus, writing on Facebook,” he said at the event, which was organised by Article 19, a Malaysian organisation that advocates freedom of expression and information.

Human rights lawyer Firdaus Husni added that the Act was open to interpretation.

“The law must be clear and precise. It should not be against political dissent. It will not encourage freedom of speech and expression.

“In fact, it will bring about selective prosecution,” she said.

Meanwhile, Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights representative Edmond Bon said the government should publish guidelines so that the Act was not open to abuse.

Such guidelines should state when and how the provisions in the Act were applicable, he said.

Also present at the event, held at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, was rights activist Khalid Ismath who is facing 11 charges under the CMA. Read more

Detained under Sedition Act, student activist denied use of toilet

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Khalid Ismath claims he had to “hold it in” for a day until he was allowed use of the washroom.

S tudent activist Khalid Ismath - FMT News file pic

Student activist Khalid Ismath – FMT News file pic

PETALING JAYA: A student activist alleged that prison authorities refused to let him use the washroom for a day when he was detained last year under the Sedition Act.

“I had to hold it in for a day until the next morning, when I was finally allowed to go,” Khalid Ismath said at the launch of Amnesty International Malaysia’s report titled “Critical Crackdown: Freedom of Expression Under Attack in Malaysia”.

He spoke of his ill-treatment at the hands of the Johor Bahru Selatan police last October, after he was detained over tweets regarding former Batu Kawan Umno Deputy Chief, Khairuddin Abu Hassan and Khairuddin’s lawyer, Matthias Chang. Read more