LFL: Investigation into lawyers’ AGM motion a serious attack on the independence of the Bar

Press Statement Investigation into lawyers’ AGM motion a serious attack on the independence of the Bar 29 March 2016   Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the sedition investigation against three lawyers who submitted a motion to discuss Attorney-General Mohamad Apandi Ali’s refusal to prosecute Prime Minister Najib Razak over the 1MDB scandal and…

LFL: Government should embrace the Internet, not impose more restrictions to stifle news portals and blogs

Press Statement Government should embrace the Internet, not impose more restrictions to stifle news portals and blogs 23 March 2016   Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the Communications and Multimedia Ministry’s proposal for online news portals and political blogs to be registered with the government, thus effectively restricting further the ever-shrinking democratic space…

Letter from Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations Human Rights Council to the Government of Malaysia seeking clarification on use of Sedition Act

The letter, from 3 Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to the Government of Malaysia concerns the arrest, detention, and charge under the Sedition Act 1948 brought against Eric Paulsen on 5 February 2015 and the arrest and detention of Zunar under the same act (Zunar was subsequently charged with nine counts…

The Malaysian Insider to close down

News portal The Malaysian Insider (TMI) will cease operations at midnight on Monday, March 14. “Goodbye readers from near and far, and those reading us in Malaysia despite the government block,” TMI chief editor Jahabar Sadiq (pic) wrote in an article on Monday. “The Edge Media Group has decided to shut down The Malaysian Insider…

LFL: Cease the harassment and unconditionally release both Australian journalists

Press Statement Cease the harassment and unconditionally release both Australian journalists 13 March 2016   Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the arrest of Australian journalist Linton Besser and camera operator Louis Eroglu from the ABC Four Corners current affairs show last night in Kuching, Sarawak. Although both of them have been released, their passports were seized…