Join STOP 114A action!

The world is not lacking bad things to report… Internet freedom in Malaysia is being threaten again. Netizens! Come join the movement against those bozos who don’t know how to deal with new challenges brought by new technologies. Internet has been around for decades, if they still don’t know how to live with it they should become exhibit A in the Museum of Modern Communication Technology.

Rant aside, this post is to call you, yes, you! Who are reading this post to act before it is too late. The amendment to Malaysia’s Evidence Act 1950 is something you should really take note. Especially the one called Section 114A.

Following is a web snippet about 114A:

What is the purpose of Section 114A?

Section 114A deals with allegedly illicit or harmful content on the Internet. In short, the amendment enables law enforcement officials to swiftly hold someone accountable for publishing seditious, defamatory, or libelous content online.

How does Section 114A affect you?

Titled “Presumption of Fact in Publication”, Section 114A holds the following people accountable for publishing content online:

(1) those who own, administrate, or edit websites open to public contributors, such as online forums or blogs;

(2) those who provide webhosting services or Internet access; and

(3) those own the computer or mobile device used to publish content online.

In other words, if allegedly defamatory content is traced back to your username, electronic device, and/or WiFi network, Section 114A presumes you are guilty of publishing illicit content on the Internet.

But what if you were the victim of identity theft and a hacker wrongfully used your Twitter or Facebook account to post defamatory content?

Under Section 114A, you are still considered guilty until proven innocent.

Are you scared now? Please don’t let the bozos impose fear in you. Stand up! Get involved in the STOP 114A campaign. Get more information here and here too.

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