LFL: Books should be read, not banned

Press Statement Books should be read, not banned 3 August 2017 Lawyers for Liberty view with grave concern the government’s continued trigger happy approach in using the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 to arbitrarily ban books they find prejudicial to public order, morality or security, including books on moderate and progressive interpretations of Islam.…

Malaysia sparks anger with ban on moderate Islam book

KUALA LUMPUR: Activists and authors in Muslim-majority Malaysia reacted with outrage Tuesday after authorities banned a book aimed at promoting moderate Islam, as concerns mount about growing conservatism. The book, “Breaking The Silence: Voices Of Moderation — Islam In A Constitutional Democracy“, is a collection of essays whose publication was organised by a group of…

Malaysia deports Bangladeshi human rights activist

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia said it had deported a prominent Bangladesh activist Thursday, with civil groups describing the government treatment of him as “harassment” against human rights defenders. Adilur Rahman Khan, secretary of the rights group Odhikar, was found to be “listed among the individuals banned from entering (Malaysia)” after arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport…