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Malaysia internet law stirs free speech fears
Owners of forums and websites will soon be liable for anything published under their supervision.
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2012 10:42

A law targeting internet users in Malaysia is creating new concerns about freedom of expression in the Southeast Asian nation.

The law will make owners of computers, forums or websites liable for what is published under their name.

The government says the law will help to curb online slander and defamation, but opposition groups say the government is trying to control the freedoms of cyberspace.

Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett reports from Kuala Lumpur.

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