Gatekeeping in Malaysia

It is known that Malaysia has been some of the toughest censorship laws in the world. At the same time, the internet growth let some media activists express their thoughts without any imitations. Some newspapers restricted in their print versions, challenge government domination online ( The internet provides much more freedom. Let us see what the reasons are.

Malaysia is neither a dictatorship, nor a liberal democracy. It is an "electoral autocracy". Even though elections are conducted since Malaysia stopped being a British colony in 1957, the same parties have been governing since then. One of the reasons for this is that press ...

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rules are the same for domestic and foreign print and broadcast operations. For the government traditional media has been a political tool to maintain hegemony in the country. Despite of regime type, government has the power to interfere in what is considered to be political use of the media. The authorities have the ability to "tailor their interventions narrowly" to fit their intended goal. Even though television is not government owned anymore (since 1983), most of the channels belong to the key political figures. The fact of the lack of diversity in news is simply explained by their successful "narrow tailoring".

When it comes to the internet regulations, the situation is completely different. Even though cyberjournalists are no less accountable for what they write than print journalists, the internet is the first mass medium which does not need a production license. The internet was made publicly available, difficult to monitor and censor, however, it was not impossible. ...

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