Protest against new law leads ‘Internet Blackout’ in Malaysia

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
A screenshot of a Malaysian website pledged it's
supports by replacing top of home with black pop-ups
Kuala Lumpur: Campaigning against the newly introduced Section 114A to the Evidence Act 1950 internet users in Malaysia on Tuesday protested the amended law saying that it would restrict online freedom of expression.

Many Malaysian websites has been sported black pop-ups on their pages in the protest against amendment in the country’s Internet Law.

Most of the prominent websites have pledged their supports to the 'Internet Black-out Day' campaign against the controversial Evidence Act amendment (no.2) by replacing their home pages with black screens.

Many websites have taken down their website today to support the campaign while few have shut  down all websites administered by them and will not be update their Facebook and Twitter accounts all day today.

The Internet Blackout Day initiative is aimed to create awareness among Internet users about the negative impact of the amendment on online expression.

Officials have reportedly said the change is meant to help prosecute offenders who commit libel or make criminal threats online.

Meanwhile, non-government have insisted that activists it could cause a clampdown on online opinion and could leave bloggers and website owners vulnerable to being charged for comments made by others on their sites.

An "Internet Blackout" campaign Tuesday prompted scores of Malaysian websites and blogs to display dark banners criticising the amendment that came into effect last month.

Many prominent bloggers and eminent personalities have also posted messages of support for the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.
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