New ‘signs’ of curbs, but MCMC says just helping users ‘self-regulate’
By Boo Su-Lyn
July 21, 2013
PETALING JAYA, July 21 — Several netizens have complained of new “signs” of censorship after running into an official-looking notification barring access to certain sites, but regulators insist such moves go back more than a decade.
According to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), censoring online porn was an old practice, as “indecent” and “obscene” content is prohibited under Section 211 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
It further maintains that the blocks do not represent censorship per se, but act to inform Internet users of possible violations
For more, go to the Malay Mail article
Mention of Malaysia has been made in the following TIME article:
Internet Censorship Is Taking Root in Southeast Asia
July 18, 2013
“People are certainly seeing things overseas and adopting them,” says Hewison. “The media is becoming much more important.” With dissidents and governments in Southeast Asia both realizing the same thing, it looks like the struggle for control of the region’s online realms has only just begun.