Malaysia: CIJ condemns Dr. Mahathir for hate speech comments
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The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) urged authorities not to use the emergency as a guise to arbitrarily curtail the public’s right to information or create an environment of fear by censoring or punishing journalists and netizens seeking information.

Civil society groups belonging to the Freedom of Expression Cluster said the Legal Defence Fund was launched in response to the worsening attacks on journalists, human rights defenders, and activists in 2020.

Instead of using repressive laws to silence critics, the Centre for Independent Journalism urged the Malaysian government to “create an enabling environment that promotes critical thinking, healthy debates, transparency and accountability from the State.”