Aug 7, 2006

Malaysian Bloggers, beware!!

Bloggers beware!!

Extracted from TheStar
Bid to stop lies in blogs
BERUAS: Police reports will be a form of control against bloggers who post seditious, malicious and defamatory articles on the Internet.

Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik said although the Government would not censor the contents, investigations would be conducted once a police report was lodged against a blogger.

“The police report will be a form of control by the Government to ensure bloggers do not the break the law,” he said after a Teachers’ Day celebration at SJK (C) Kampung Merbau near here.

He said individuals with proof that information published on the Internet was seditious, malicious and defamatory could lodge reports.

He said the police could also direct the Malaysian Communications & Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Mimos Bhd to conduct investigations.

The MCMC, Mimos and police could then determine the next course of action, he added.

“Certainly, there is room for dissent but bloggers must realise that they cannot to publish lies,” he said.

Apart from the police reports, Dr Lim said that the Government, through the MCMC and Mimos, had been monitoring certain websites to ensure that they did not cross the line.

He advised people not to abuse the Government’s decision to leave the Internet uncensored.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi warned that those spreading untruths and slander on the Internet would face the law.

In Kuala Lumpur Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Fu Ah Kiow said some bloggers should be more sensitive of the items they post on websites.

He said there should be some self-censorship of articles so as not to offend any group or religion or cause disharmony.

In the case of blogger Jeff Ooi whom he said had misreported him, Fu said Ooi should get his facts right in his website.

He said Malaysiakini was another example of a website which had misreported the spraying incident involving Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Kota Baru.

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