Freedom of the Press 2007: Brunei

Recent articles in Brunei

Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah speaks during an Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand, 10 October 2016, REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Brunei government employee charged with sedition over Facebook post

A government employee in Brunei was charged with violating the Sedition Act over a Facebook post criticising the Halal certification policy of the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Link to: Official warns media to follow guidelines, respect government secrecy

Official warns media to follow guidelines, respect government secrecy

(SEAPA/IFEX) – The Brunei media, already subservient to the ruling royalty in the oil-rich nation of 380,000 inhabitants, have been warned to respect the government’s withholding of certain sensitive information. Eusoff Agaki Ismail, deputy minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, also told media outlets not to “play with fire” when reporting on the sultanate. “Disregard […]

Link to: CPJ protests regressive press law

CPJ protests regressive press law

(CPJ/IFEX) – In a 25 September 2001 letter to Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, CPJ expressed its alarm over news that his government is poised to enact sweeping amendments to existing press laws, an action that will severely curtail freedom of information in Brunei by imposing strict licensing requirements on newspapers and threatening journalists […]