Pakistan Press Foundation concerned certain Internet Service Providers restricted access to online news outlet The Malaysian Insider
Pakistan Press Foundation PPF in a letter to Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia expressed concern that certain Internet Service Providers ISPs restricted access to online news outlet The Malaysian Insider since 26 February 2016.
PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in letter to Malaysian Premier, said outlet is second news provider to be blocked this year after regional news site Asia Sentinel in January which is clearly assault on freedom of information, media freedom and Malaysia’s promise for a free outlet.
He urged Malaysian government to provide access to relevant information and refrain from censorship. Rather than engaging in censorship and narrowing space for democratic debate, government should intensity efforts to openly address matters.
Malaysia joins ranks of governments that are willfully preventing their citizens from enjoying full benefits of Internet. Restrictions will also affect right and ability to engage, interact as communities whether as students, professionals, families, technology communities, journalists.