LFL: MCMC sending unsolicited message to mobile phone users is an abuse of their power as regulator

Press Statement MCMC sending unsolicited message to mobile phone users is an abuse of their power as regulator  26 April 2018 Lawyers for Liberty view with concern the recent SMS blast by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) exhorting Malaysians to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA 1998). As…

UN Special Rapporteur’s comment to the Malaysian Government on the Anti-Fake News Bill 2018

In his official letter to the Malaysian government dated 3 April 2018, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye expresses his concerns on the Anti-Fake News Bill 2018, addressing the issues of vagueness, disproportionate penalties imposed upon offenders, extraterritorial application, and the drafting…

How to not draft a Fake News Law

How to not draft a Fake News Law                 Jumping on the Donald Trump ‘fake news’ bandwagon, Law Minister Azalina Othman announced on 30 January 2018, the formation of a special committee to look into new legislation to curb fake news that could threaten political stability, public order and national security. Her announcement came on the…

LFL: The AG must appeal the lenient ‘binding over’ sentence against Datin Rozita Mohamad Ali for causing grievous hurt to her domestic worker

Press Statement The AG must appeal the lenient ‘binding over’ sentence against Datin Rozita Mohamad Ali for causing grievous hurt to her domestic worker 16 March 2018 Lawyers for Liberty are shocked and appalled by the extremely lenient sentence of ‘binding over’ for good behaviour that was handed down to Datin Rozita Mohamad Ali for…

LFL: Government’s special committee to combat ‘fake news’ raises serious concerns

Press Statement Government’s special committee to combat ‘fake news’ raises serious concerns 2 February 2018 Lawyers for Liberty view with serious concern the recent announcement by Minister Azalina Othman Said that Putrajaya has formed a special committee to formulate laws to tackle ‘fake news’. While we agree that fabricated news content is a concern, the…

Transgender misrepresentation in the news media

Transgender misrepresentation in the news media In the latest twist to the ongoing Nur Sajat saga, the well-known cosmetic entrepreneur bemoaned the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and the public preoccupation over her gender identity. ‘This gender issue…is like the country’s biggest issue,’ she wrote in Malay on her Facebook page. She continued. ‘Should Nur…

Gambaran yang salah oleh media berita terhadap transgender

Gambaran yang salah oleh media berita terhadap transgender Dalam perkembangan terbaharu saga Nur Sajat, usahawan kosmetik yang terkenal tersebut menyuarakan kerunsingan beliau terhadap keasyikan Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim) dan orang awam terhadap identiti jantinanya. ‘Issues jantina ini…ibarat issues masalah besar dalam negara..’ ujarnya di dalam kemaskini status halaman Facebook beliau. ‘Tetapi patut ker issues…