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Tensions between the Government and the governed in exercising communications rights in Malaysia: The case of online speech

Shuaib, Farid Sufian (2011) Tensions between the Government and the governed in exercising communications rights in Malaysia: The case of online speech. In: Conference of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR 2011): Cities, Connectivity and Creativity, 13-17 July 2011, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

As citizen of the emerging global order, Malaysian – be it the government or the governed – has embraced information communication technology. The government embarks in ambitious project of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) which helps to propel broadband penetration among Malaysian to 56 percent. In ensuring adoption among Malaysian and supports of international industrial players, the government had given the guarantee that there is no censorship in the internet. However, security and public order imperative had compelled the government to reign over internet users for postings and activities the government considered to be detrimental to security and public order such as posting that may incite racial hatred. For the net citizens, such steps amounting to the government reneging on their guarantee of no censorship particularly on political communication. This paper looks at limitations on rights for Malaysian to be involved in the online global communication and criticisms against the limitations. The paper then looks at the need of the net citizens to also consider their duties and ethics in communicating online as a middle path between rights to political communications and duties to communicate responsibly.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 1859/17045
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > H61.8 Communication of information
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > H96 Public policy (General), Policy sciences
K Law > K Law (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Civil Law
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Farid Sufian Shuaib
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2013 10:47
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 10:47
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/17045

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