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An employee at a fast food store checks the awaiting clients' temperature during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 19 March 2020, 可恩Ke En, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

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.

The Centre for Independent Journalism said former prime minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad should apologize for posting online comments that “glorified violence and pushed out hate speech and misogynistic messages.”