LFL: Immigration travel ban on suspects in criminal probes is justified

Press Statement Immigration travel ban on suspects in criminal probes is justified 16 May 2018 Lawyers for Liberty notes the concern over the overseas travel blacklisting of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, Rosmah Mansor, and other former high-ranking officials of the previous administration by the Immigration Department. The Immigration Department is a law enforcement agency,…

LFL: Pakatan Harapan’s watershed victory must be followed by institutional and human rights reform

Press Statement Pakatan Harapan’s watershed victory must be followed by institutional and human rights reform 11 May 2018 Lawyers for Liberty wishes to congratulate the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition and their Parti Warisan Sabah allies on their historic win in the 14th General Elections on 9 May 2018. With the departure of the Barisan Nasional (BN)…

Stealing GE14

Stealing GE14 A couple of weeks away from GE14, Malaysians are finally coming to terms with the lengths the Barisan Nasional (BN) government will go to ensure that they come out on top once again. Sensing a renewed Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition challenge under the leadership of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister Najib Razak and…

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…