KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 21 – Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) should be reconsidered to block the access to the news portal of Sarawak Report due to it was violates freedom of expression. NGO in the statement said that the Centre For A Better Tomorrow (CENBET) was expressed the concern about the possibility of that principle which will makes more websites and online news portal will be blocked.
In the same time, the statement also said that MCMC has been blocked the access to the website although the relevant prosecution of high-level 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is still running. This was giving an unhealthy terms of digital access in the long term. Besides that, the Internet access for the report merely pose a threat to the party in power should not be blocked by the Commission.
According to the CENBET, the content of filtering print or online media should be accompanied by legislative process and also used to address the issue of pornography, gambling or words that spread hatred. Meanwhile, MCMC also should charged the marginalize of the principle of ‘no censorship online’ enshrined in the Multimedia Super Corridor Guarantee Act.
Lastly, the statement also added said that the Commission must give a valid reason for explaining that access restrictions Sarawak Report that can ensure peace and security. In the reality, these sanctions will only increase the curiosity of internet users in Malaysia who will read reports Sarawak Report through various other channels.