MCMC urged to use different thresholds for news portals, porn sites


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 23 Mar 2016

PETALING JAYA: A higher threshold must be set for the authorities to block news websites as compared to that used to bar pornographic sites, said constitutional lawyer Syahredzan Johan (pic).

He said the arbitrary powers given to the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to block websites deemed "undesirable" could lead to abuse.

"While it may be justified for a lower threshold to be set when it comes to pornographic websites, a higher threshold must be set in order to block access to any websites when there is a misuse amounting to an offence under the Communications and Multimedia Act.

"It must be proven first that indeed an offence has been committed. Again, I reiterate - as it stands, MCMC have no powers to arbitrarily block a website for breach of Section 233 of the Act," he said in a Facebook post.

Syahredzan also noted that it was wrong to compare news portal, such as The Malaysian Insider, which has ceased operations, to that of porn sites, categorising them as "undesirable."

He said MCMC has "limited and specific powers" to block news portals and the power must have judicial oversight, meaning that it must be done through legal means.

"MCMC must be able to go to court, obtain an ex-parte order to block the website. The court must be satisfied that the website indeed has pornographic content," he wrote.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said in Parliament lobby that the government's decision to block the news portal pending criminal charges was for its "undesirable content" similar to that of porn websites.

Salleh said the authorities "cannot wait to act after a website is seen to have abused network services.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Nation

Durian seller in Sibu compounded for violating MCO
Datuk in viral hotpot slapping video apologises
Police to probe allegation of rape in Miri lockup
MCO 2.0: PM announces aid packages worth RM15bil
Teen among five caught with RM1.5mil of syabu
Thaipusam different for devotees this year due to ongoing MCO
Ismail Sabri: 608 arrested for violating MCO on Sunday (Jan 17)
Elephant calf found dead in East-West Highway hit-and-run
DAP's Malim Nawar rep sacked from party with immediate effect
Sarawak govt to provide food assistance to Sibu households affected by MCO

Stories You'll Enjoy