PETALING JAYA: The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) has urged the government to halt the investigation into Umno's Lokman Noor Adam and all others under the Sedition Act.
CIJ also reiterated its call for the repeal of the Sedition Act, a reinstatement of the moratorium on the act, and a repeal of the Printing Presses and Publications Act in the next Parliamentary sitting.
"The Pakatan Harapan government has repeatedly said that they would not use the act to curb dissent, even after the moratorium was lifted, and yet are repeatedly using the Sedition Act to curb dissent," it said in a statement.
CIJ added that the investigation of Lokman under the act showed why there was an urgent need to repeal it to prevent the executive branch of the state from being tempted to commit human rights violations.
"The Pakatan Harapan government appears to be working to outstrip the previous regime in the number of freedom of expression violations it can commit," CIJ claimed.
It added that the string of sedition investigations did not reflect the rhetoric of its new ministers.
"CIJ reminds the government that they were elected on the basis of a manifesto that promised the repeal of the Sedition Act; and which promised that the government would strive to make Malaysia’s human rights record internationally respected," it said.
CIJ said Pakatan needed to be firm in its commitment to its election promises if it wantwd to be taken seriously in the next election.