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Freedom of Expression and the Media in Malaysia (Article 19)

Freedom of Expression and the Media in Malaysia (Article 19)

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A report from Article 19 and Suaram, December 2005
A report from Article 19 and Suaram, December 2005

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FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION ANDTHE MEDIA IN MALAYSIA
part of a series of baseline studies onseven Southeast Asian countries
OARTICLE
19,
London and SUARAM, Kuala Lumpur
ISBN 1
902598 78
4
December
2005
ARTICLE 19, 6-8 Amwell Street, London ECl
R
1UQ Tel: +44 20 7278 9292Fax:
+44
20
7278 7660 info@article19.org, www.articlel9.org,Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), 383, 1st Floor, Jalan 5/59, Petaling Gardens, 46000 PetalingJaya, Selangor, Malaysia Tel: +603 7784 3525 Fax: +603 7784 3526
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Email: suaram@suaram.net
 
Acknowledgements
This report is a product of cooperation between ARTICLE 19 and Suara RakyatMalaysia (Suaram). Sonia Randhawa, Pauline Puah and Susan Loone researched andwrote this report. Comments and legal analysis were provided by Toby Mendel (LawProgramme Director of ARTICLE 19) and Dini Widiastuti (Asia Programme Officer ofARTICLE 19). Final editing was made by Luitgard Hammerer (Acting Director for theAsia Programme of ARTICLE 19). Copy-editing was by Dini Widiastuti. Proof-reading was done by Joanna Hoare. The cover was designed by Mardiana Tukiran.ARTICLE 19 would like to thank the European Commission for providing funding forthis study and six other baseline studies on freedom of expression and the media. Thesestudies are parts of the project "Promoting and Protecting Freedom of Expression andFreedom of Information in the ASEAN Region". We would also like to thank otherdonors who have contributed to this project: the Open Society Foundation, the RoyalNorwegian Embassy in Bangkok and UNESCO.
"This project is co- inanced bythe European lnitiat ve for Democracyand Human Rights, European Commission.Opinions in this publication is fully theresponsibility of ARTICLE
19
and Internews,and therefore do not reflect the official views
I
of the European Commission.
"
"This study was published with support from UNESCO. The ideas and opinions expressed inthis study are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of UNESCO.The designations employed and the presentation of material throughout the publication donot imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on part of UNESCO concerning the legalstatus of any country, territory, city or area, or of its authorities, or concerning its frontiersor boundaries.
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Freedom of Expression and
the
Media in Malaysia
Contents
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INTRODUCTION
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2
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RECOMMENDATIONS
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BACKGROUND 123.1. Government and Administrative System
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23.2. Ethnicity and Language
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33.3. The New Economic Policy
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143.4. Malaysian Democracy
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53.5. Political Parties and the General Elections
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INTERNATIONAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATIONS22
4.1.
The Importance of Freedom of Expression
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224.2. Freedom of Expression and the Media
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44.3. Restrictions on Freedom of Expression
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4.4.
Pluralism
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.5. Independence of Media Bodies27
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.6.
Freedom of Expression under the Malaysian Constitution29
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MEDIA SITUATION 315.1. Print Media
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3English language newspapers
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alay language newspapers 34

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