Five steps to beat and survive getting harassed online

Source: Written by Anith Adilah for the Malay Mail Online

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The Cyber-Harassment Survivor’s Toolkit was launched through its PeopleACT initiative on December 31 last year. Image via Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 —  For victims of cyber harassment, it is easy to feel helpless and vulnerable, or even to sink into loneliness and despair.

The spiral can be dangerous, even deadly, with instances of suicides stemming from bullying becoming ever more frequent.

The Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR) aims to ensure victims would never feel that way again, with its Cyber-Harassment Survivor’s Toolkit launched through its PeopleACT initiative on December 31 last year.

Pooling resources from over 500 respondents and 17 cyber harassment survivors, the toolkit includes, among others, a step-by-step guideline to help victims overcome and survive cyber harassments.

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Keep online speech free — Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

(Deputy President, HAKAM)

FORTY-SIX people are facing possible imprisonment and fines for sending online messaging to others. Through tweets, SMS, WhatsApp, blogs and the like. Cartoonists, politicians, activists and the like have all been hauled up.

This is under section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. It is a crime to send a public electronic message that is obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass another person. The offender can be jailed for up to one year or fined RM50,000 or both; as well as a further fine of RM1,000 for every day the offence is continued after conviction.

How really can you measure whether or not a message is annoying or menacing? And who decides? These terms are not defined. Nor any criteria spelt out to guide people.

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Let the Mob Do the Job – Freedom of Expression & Religion Online

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Launch and Panel Discussion
‘Let the mob do the job’ – a discussion on freedom of expression and religion online in Asia

Date: 19 November 2017 (Sunday)
Time: 2.30-5.30pm
Venue: Room KL11, KLTC, Level 2 Chulan Tower, Jalan Conlay.

Research in several Asian countries reveals worrying trends of well-organised and targeted attacks committed in the name of defending religion or beliefs against individuals and groups of people who exercise their freedom of expression. The internet, while creating spaces for discussion and participation, has also been used by certain actors to manipulate online images and messages to mobilise or provoke responses and actions that could be harmful. This session will discuss the findings in the report that covered Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Pakistan and hear from experts on the context, challenges and opportunities in Malaysia for the practice of freedom of expression and religion online.

Report presentation by: Gayathry Venkiteswaran


  • Sevan Doraisamy (SUARAM executive director)
  • Fadiah Nadwa Fikri (human rights lawyer)
  • Mujahid Yusof Rawa (Member of Parliament for Parit Buntar)

Participation is open to all and there is no entrance fee. Refreshments will be served.

This event is co-organised by the School of Media, Languages and Cultures at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) and the Association for Progressive Communications.

For inquiries, please contact Gayathry (019-7257970).

Conversations – Violence against Women: Advocating for Legal Reform

Join the New Tactics community for an online conversation onViolence against Women: Advocating for Legal Reform from September 26th – 30th, 2016.

Across the world, women are abused, trafficked, raped and killed. Violence against women is a grave violation of human rights, negatively affecting women’s well-being and precluding women from fully participating in society. It not only leads to severe physical, sexual and mental consequences to each individual victim, but tears their families, community and society apart.

In Guatemala, two women are murdered, each day. In India, as many as 22 women are killed daily for dowry. In Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the United States, between 40 and 70 percent of female murder victims were killed by their intimate partners. 120 million girls worldwide have experienced forced sexual acts at some point in their lives. According to 2016 estimates published on the United Nations’ International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, at least 200 million women and girls have been subjected to female genital mutilation. Women and girls account for about 70 per cent of trafficking victims. Many victims suffer in silence for fear of losing the economic support of the male perpetrator or fear of victim blaming and even when a victim reports to law enforcement agents, the issue is often trivialized.

Although decades of women’s movements have made unprecedented progress towards ending gender-based violence, according to UNIFEM (formerly the UN agency for gender equity, now UN Women), chasms in legal frameworks remain: states fail their international obligations and commitments to prevent violence against women; many perpetrators escape from being held accountable; and women continue to be re-victimized through the legal process. Legal reform could provide effective protections. Such reform must make legislation easy to be enforced, monitored and adequately allocate resources to address the problem. Governments, UN agencies, civil society organizations and other institutions should partner in this process of adopting and enacting legal reforms.

In this conversation, we seek to discuss tactics for developing effective legal reform to prevent violence against women, monitoring and enforcing laws, and building advocacy for legal reform.  Join us for this important discussion!

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Global Rights for Women
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Parents just aren’t doing enough

Source: The Star Online

Most parents are worried sick about their child’s safety online yet the majority aren’t doing anything to protect their kids. And, those who have, still aren’t doing enough.

ChidlSafetyWE aren’t doing enough to protect our kids.

A whopping 95% of Malaysians worry about their child’s safety online, with over 60% of parents claiming that their children were cyber crime victims. Yet, less than half of those surveyed actually acted on those fears.

Parents here are grappling with their children facing cyber bullying, online predators and privacy concerns, but only 48% have actually done something, reveals Symantec Asia Pacific (Asia Consumer Business) director Choon Hong Chee.

The measures taken range from basic steps like only allowing Internet access with parental supervision and checking browser history, to more savvy actions like installing trackers on their kids’ devices.

Protecting children online, he says, is weighing heavier on parents now more than ever before. Read more