Malaysian Blog Censorship

On August 28, 2008, all twenty-one Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country were ordered to block the Website of Malaysia Today, the country’s leading blog. Notices were sent out by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia (“SKMM”)) in accordance with Section 263 of Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Act. The SKMM justified its actions on the grounds that comments posted on the blog were “insensitive, bordering on incitement”.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the reason, according to bloggers, for the blocking of the Website?
Is the blocking of ‘Malaysia Today’ the only instance of Cybercensorship in Malaysia?
Is the blocked Website accessible through an alternative address?

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