Why the Malaysians aren’t as self-critical as Australians: Media Self-Censorship and the Australian Media
Malaysian media outlets have long been criticized for their coverage of the country’s national security and security-related issues.
Malaysian authorities, for example, have been accused of using a blacklist of journalists that critics say was intended to silence journalists critical of the government.
However, the country has been slow to crack down on online media outlets, and journalists who have used their platforms to expose government malfeasance have been prosecuted.
Malay media outlets often publish content that is critical of governments or the ruling party, and they often use social media to promote the content.
In a report in October, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said it was “highly likely” that Malaysians use social networking to promote political views and undermine democracy.
In a 2017 survey, Malaysians said they were less likely to use the Internet for news than they were to use Facebook or Twitter.
In October 2017, the ICJ called for a ban on the use of social media by citizens, saying that the online media could become “a tool for propaganda or political intimidation”.
Malaysia has a reputation as a liberal and open society, with many media outlets including a number of international publications and television channels.
In September, the Singapore-based Asian Media Research Institute (AMI) said its 2017 survey found that Malaysans are more likely to read the opinions of foreign writers than those of the same writers in Singapore.
In 2018, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum also released a report, which found that “Malaysians are more supportive of the views of the international media than other Asian countries”.
However, critics have questioned whether the country is truly free from censorship, as the government does not require foreign news outlets to register with the government, despite the country having a population of some 120 million.
In February, a Malaysian court upheld a ruling by the Constitutional Court that said Malaysians should be allowed to express their views without fear of being harassed.
The court said the state could use the law to curb dissent in the media.
The country’s government has also struggled to crack back on its critics in the press, which has faced criticism for its coverage of a mass rally that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people in May 2018.
In October 2017 the country suspended the media license of the Kuala Lumpur-based news agency News Malaysia, citing its “toxic” coverage of Malaysia’s election campaign.
In January 2018, Malaysian media outlets such as the Daily News and Aljunied reported on the death of a Malaysian woman at the hands of a man who allegedly beat her and then stabbed her with a knife.