Aug 27, 2008

RPK's Malaysia Today is Blocked


Local internet users however can still access the website by typing in Malaysia Today's IP address (http://202.75.62.114/) or an alternative web address (http://mt.harapanmalaysia.com/2008/) in their web browsers.

(Malaysiakini) In a rare move, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has ordered all internet service providers (ISPs) to block controversial online portal Malaysia Today.

MCMC chief operating officer Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi, when contacted today, confirmed that the block was ordered by the commission.

"It is being blocked because we found that some of the comments on the website were insensitive, bordering on incitement," he told Malaysiakini.

As at 7pm, a check by Malaysiakini showed users are unable to access Malaysia Today through three major ISPs - TMnet, Maxis and Time. However, users can still access the errant website through Jaring.

This is believed to be the first time such curbs have been initiated against a non-pornographic website, posing questions as to whether the government is reneging on its no-Internet censorship pledge.

Under the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Malaysia 10 Point Bill of Guarantees, the government promises to ensure no internet censorship.

The domain name - http://www.malaysia-today.net - has been unaccessible to TMnet subscribers since yesterday evening as a result of the blockage - known technically as 'DNS blackhole list'.

Local internet users however can still access the website by typing in Malaysia Today's IP address (http://202.75.62.114/) or an alternative web address (http://mt.harapanmalaysia.com/2008/) in their web browsers.

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