26 Sep '11, 9am

Social media sparks change in M'sia

KUALA LUMPUR: The increasing use of social media has led the Malaysian government to review its censorship policy. It has also embarked on a new public relations exercise to engage voters, ahead of general elections widely expected early next year. It began with the July 9 Bersih rally. Thousands of Malaysians took to the streets in Kuala Lumpur, demanding free and fair elections. Nearly 1,700 were arrested and scores were injured, as riot police fired tear gas and water canons to disperse the crowd. The perceived mishandling by authorities dented the government's image. Steven Gan, co-founder and editor of Malaysiakini, said: "Hishammuddin, the home minister was beaten by the fact that you got an army of people out there who were uploading videos... It was done on the spot, so a lot of people who were not there were able to follow what was happening." The government went ...

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