This post is in my support as Netizens in Malaysia on the recent gazette Amendments to Section 114A of the Evidence Act hence the pop-up displayed on my site. Just click on ‘Close’ button (on the right side of the pop-up) in order to read the rest of my blog post. Easy peasy, right? 🙂
Now, where were we again? Right, the Internet BlackOut.
We shall start with Section 114A.
What is Section 114A?
Section 114A is the second of two amendments made to Malaysia’s Evidence Act 1950.
Law Minister Nazri Aziz tabled the second amendment, formally known as Evidence (Amendment) (No2) Act 2012, in Dewan Rakyat on 18. James Dawos Mamit supported the motion, and Section 114A was passed after the second and third reading. On 9 May, Dewan Negara passed the amendment.
The amendment was gazette on 31 July 2012. This means the law is now operational.
The Amendments to the Evidence Act Section 114A are a threat to Internet Freedom in Malaysia and a concern to anyone producing content online (excerption from here).
Briefly put Section 114A:
- Presumes guilt rather than innocence.
- Makes Internet intermediaries — parties that provide online community forums, blogging and hosting services — liable for content that is published through its services.
- Threatens freedom of expression online because of the culture of fear and self censorship that are encouraged.
- Allows hackers and cyber criminals to be free by making the person whose account/computer is hacked liable for any content/data which might have changed.
- Reduces the opportunity to be anonymous online which is crucial in promoting a free and open Internet and safeguard vulnerable individuals eg women in situations of domestic violence who may be at risk if they are identified.
The Stop114A Campaign has put into motion many different facets of opposition to attempt at withdrawing the amendment.
How does it affect you as an internet user?
For a clearer picture, click the image below:
To find out more on the campaign,
Click at http://stop114a.wordpress.com/
To support the campaign, here’s how:
- If you own a website or blog, upload the Internet BlackOut pop-up and display it for 24 hours.
- If you own a FaceBook profile, upload Stop 114A Badge and its banner as the cover photo.
- If you own a Twitter account, upload Stop 114A Badge as your avatar and spread the word via hash tag #Stop114A.
To find out more details and the implications of Section 114A:
Click at Resources.
I’ve done my part, how about you?