Friday, 9 September 2011

The Virtual Press Called Internet

Some of you may know that we have very little freedom of press but we have no idea to what extent.

Reporters Without Borders ranked Malaysia a low 141 out of 178 on its 2010 Press Freedom Index.

We probably rank higher than Burma and maybe Zimbabwe. I hate to break this to you, but that is no cause for celebration.

From NYT:


When thousands of protesters calling for electoral reform took to the streets here July 9, Malaysiakini, one of Malaysia's most popular news
Web sites, received 5.2 million hits, making the day one of the site's busiest since it was established in 1999.

An increasing tendency to seek news online is hardly unique to Malaysia. But here, it is not just technology driving readers to news Web sites.
It is also that - by design, and in contrast to countries like China, with its infamous Great Firewall - in Malaysia the Internet operates
outside the stringent laws that regulate the traditional media.


Read more here:

In Malaysia, Freedom of the (Virtual) Press

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