|‘Blocking filth not censorship’|
|Wednesday, 06 June 2012 10:45am|
©The Star (Used by permission)
by TEH ENG HOCK
SHAH ALAM: Enforcing laws to block filth on the Internet does not mean the Internet is being censored, said Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
“Cheating, gaming or gambling, pornography and child pornography and phishing are offences.
“To disregard this purely for freedom of the Internet is not right,” he said after opening the Selangor 1Malaysia Social Media Convention here yesterday.
He was responding to a suggestion by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that Malaysia should enforce some form of regulatory control to block filth and punish those who corrupt the minds of Internet users.
Dr Rais said he was happy to accept Dr Mahathir's view as the former premier had previously guaranteed freedom of the Internet.
Dr Rais said the Government is seeking to curb users from abusing the freedom of expression.
“Freedom on the Internet should be used constructively and not to slander others.
“Although a decision has not been reached, the ministry is studying various approaches that may be adopted,” he said.
Dr Rais said the availability of broadband and the application of social media like Facebook and Twitter must be wisely used.
“We must not slander each other. If we have to criticise, post your tweet or Facebook (message) based on facts,” he said, adding that the people would be more convinced by a certain stand or argument that is based on facts.
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