No Relief from Malaysia's Free Speech Crackdown

Sedition, other laws used to muzzle dissent

On September 1, Hamzah Zainudin, recently appointed Home Minister in the administration of Malaysia’s new prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, warned that anybody who “incite(s) others to the point of causing public fear could face action under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act,” better known by its targets as Sosma. That, he said, is in line …

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