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Published: Monday August 15, 2011 MYT 7:57:00 PMUpdated: Monday August 15, 2011 MYT 9:29:46 PM
By MAZWIN NIK ANIS
KUALA LUMPUR: The government will review its current censorship laws as the current method is no longer effective, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“I have decided the old ways of censorship need to be studied. It is no longer effective and should be reviewed.
“As a government, we need to change policies and act accordingly so that we are not seen as a government that does not understand today's landscape,” he said at the breaking of fast with the media hosted by Bernama last night.
If stories published about the Government were wrong, the publication in question could be sued, he said.
Najib admitted that the Government's censorship of The Economist's article on Bersih last month was ineffective and said that its censorship methods would be reviewed.
"Only one line was censored, but the act of censoring made more news than the news itself," he said.
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