Suhakam: Don't make portal owners liable for comments of the public

Modified 21 Feb 2021, 9:27 am

The Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) said it is concerned that the decision of the Federal Court in finding Malaysiakini guilty of contempt could set a precedent that may have significant implications on the people’s right to freedom of expression and information in the country.

"The freedom of speech guaranteed under Article 10 (1) of the Federal Constitution is not absolute and may be restricted by law in the interest of preserving national security, public order or morality and international relations.

"However, Suhakam would like to point out that in today’s digital age where open discussion and comments are made public, portal owners should not be liable for comments made by the public on their portal...

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