Monday, January 15, 2007

Bloggers Clampdown?

Late last week, several very prominent bloggers in Malaysia were served with writ of summons from a local media organisation seeking an injunction towards the publication of several blog posts as well as damages for defamation.

We all know that many of our local media organisations act on the whims and fancies of the Malaysian Government. Now, is this a direct result from the recent warnings served by our Ministers who sought to frighten bloggers into self-censorship?

Will hitting the socio-political bloggers' community right at the top scare the rest of the foot soldiers into submission and anonymity? It is a sad start to the year indeed for the Internet and the civic-minded blogging community in Malaysia.

Pak Lah, is this your claim of greater press freedom in Malaysia?
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