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Nur Jazlan: A mistake to arrest editors

Wed 2015-Apr-1 @ MYT 10:42:59 am

You don’t have to use Sedition Act…look at the context

Nur Jazlan Mohamed, head of Parliament’s watchdog, said editors and the publisher of Malaysian Insider should not have been arrested under the Sedition Act. The Insider’s report about a purported decision by the Rulers’ Conference on hudud criminal penalties was a case of misreporting, with neither the intention to incite nor the ability to do so with the offending article.

“They shouldn’t have been arrested under the Sedition Act. If there was a mistake, there will be other laws to deal with it. The Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal could have demanded an apology or sued for defamation. The police could have also called in the editors for questioning. But even before they do that, the police have already taken action … the laws are in place, you don’t have to use the Sedition Act. You just have to look at the context,” he said.

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