24 Apr '11, 9pm

Najib promises Malaysia will not censor Internet

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak promised Malaysians yesterday that his administration would never censor the Internet. Twice in recent years, the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition government has explored introducing Internet-filtering software like China's infamous "Green Dam Youth Escort" programme, saying it was necessary to combat child pornography, before backing off after public outcry. Malaysia has also charged at least two bloggers with sedition since 2007. Speaking at the 1st Malaysian-ASEAN Regional Bloggers Conference here yesterday morning, Mr Najib said that Malaysia has one of the liveliest and one of the freest, "if not most free", blogospheres in the world. While stressing that it is important for bloggers and Internet users to "draw the line", Mr Najib said his administration still welcomed constructive criticism and wanted to work with t...

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