By Claudia Theophilus

Suhakam media report focuses on restrictive laws

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has called for a review and subsequent repeal of several arbitrary provisions in the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) and the Official Secrets Act (OSA) that curb press freedom.

These were among the recommendations contained in a 54-page report released exactly a year after the media freedom workshop organised by the commission. The report is available on its website.

In the report, Suhakam made general and specific recommendations aimed at freeing the local media from the shackles of establishment control, seen as the primary impediment to media independence.