“Seditious” independent media

Under Malaysia’s Printing Presses and Publications Act, newspapers must apply to the government each year to renew their operating license. Campaigns led by Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is still embroiled in the “1MDB” corruption scandal, target journalists and media outlets deemed overly independent and critical of the government. In 2016, government blocking forced the Malaysian Insider news website to close, while the authorities continued to harass cartoonist Zunar. Several proposed amendments would reinforce the already draconian Official Secrets Act and Communications and Multimedia Act, but the Sedition Act continues to be the biggest threat to journalists.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



146 in 2016

Global score


46.57 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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