Malaysia Decides Not To Force Bloggers To Register

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Following last week’s news of a proposal in Malaysia to force bloggers to register with the government, it appears that common sense has won out. There were clearly some politicians who recognized registering bloggers wasn’t a very good idea (and was merely a kneejerk reaction to some trouble some politicians had had with critical bloggers). So it’s good to see that those politicians effectively got that point across and the plan to force bloggers to register has been rejected. The government still warned bloggers not to publish “rumors” or “offensive remarks” because existing laws will be used against them — but said that forcing them to actually register was unlikely to be an effective tool.


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