Sedition briefing for journos today

Our leaders must stop believing that if they are insulted, the whole country will crack. That’s a sign of arrogance too. Why do we pay so much attention to such individual insults that the government needs to act so drastically? Nobody is going to be scared


Some of those affected

• Malaysiakini journalist Susan Loone – interview with state executive councillor
• Law lecturer Azmi Sharom – remarks in press interview on Perak crisis 2008
• Lawyer-activist Edmund Bon – investigated, remarks on fatwa and non-Muslims
• Sabah politician David Orok – remarks on Facebook on Prophet Muhammad and Islam
• Abu Bakar Baikalani Abu Hassan, a preacher – remarks about arrests of PPS (Penang volunteer patrol)
• Wan Ji Wan Husin, a preacher – remarks about PPS

More than 30 journalists are expected to attend a briefing this evening on the Sedition Act and how it affects them in their work, following the recent arrest of Malaysiakini journalist Susan Loone in a spate of actions under the act that has involved a law lecturer, a lawyer, two preachers, and several politicians.

Lawyer and columnist Syahredzan Johan will conduct the briefing, to be held at The Star’s Cybertorium theatrette at Menara Star, Petaling Jaya.

Institute of Journalists MalaysiaThe briefing is organised by the Institute of Journalists Malaysia with the cooperation of The Star.

Syahredzan heads the National Young Lawyers’ Committee of the Malaysian Bar and is a leading member of the campaign to abolish the Sedition Act.

He is expected to give journalists a broad picture of how the law affects journalists and publishers particularly, as well as its general effects in curtailing the freedom of expression of citizens.

Journalists will seek pointers on how their reporting, writing, editing and publishing duties are affected by the law’s broad definition of “seditious tendency” and how the government loosely interprets the words “to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection”.

The Institute of Journalists Malaysia is a non-profit organisation that seeks to be the professional body of journalists in Malaysia. It was one of several organisations that criticised the arrest of journalist Susan Loone » Drop the charges, says IoJ

» More on 2014 sedition dragnet


One thought on “Sedition briefing for journos today

  1. This is called abuse of power, they seem to pick and choose who thy want to target. The government seem to target citizens with a broader range of offenses, notably speech and the expression of opinion using it as a tool to abuse freedom of expressions. A citizens group should take the government to court to challenge this act using other articles in the constitution.

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