Malaysia Jails Blogger For Two Years Without Trial

from the public-outcry-didn't-work dept

We’ve been trying to follow the situation with the government crackdown on opposition bloggers in Malaysia, and with different stories coming out every day, it got a little confusing. So when we wrote about a blogger being released following a public outcry, it was actually a different blogger than the original one we had reported as arrested. It now turns out that the original blogger has actually been immediately sentenced to two years in jail without any trial — and those two years can be extended indefinitely at will by the government. As for the other blogger who was released, apparently that’s just a temporary thing, as he’s still facing charges as well. Apparently, the ruling party seems to think that by jailing opposition bloggers it will shut them up. This wouldn’t be the first time that the government underestimated the response to trying to silence critical bloggers.

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