by Mike Masnick

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arrests, bans, blogs, malaysia, politics

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Now Blogging His Opposition To Press Restrictions He Set Up

from the what's-good-for-the-goose? dept

We've written an awful lot about the rise of political blogging in Malaysia. The government there has had something of a love-hate affair with blogs for quite some time, starting with a plan to force blogs to register, to later telling various candidates for government they were requiring them to blog, to having a special agency set up to respond to bloggers. More recently, though, things have taken a very negative turn, as various opposition party bloggers were able to use their blog popularity to catapult themselves into office, the ruling party began cracking down, even sentencing leading bloggers to jail.

The good news on that front, however, is that a court has decided that the arrest was illegal and the blogger is to be freed. Though, you get the feeling that the government will continue to try to punish him.

In the meantime, one of the most interesting political bloggers in Malaysia may be the former Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, who apparently championed many of the free speech restrictions that allow the crackdowns. We had mentioned his embrace of blogging about a year and a half ago, and now the NY Times has written up a more detailed article, claiming that now that he's no longer in power, he's had quite a change of heart concerning restrictions on freedom of the press. Of course, much of it seems to come off as whining that people won't listen to him any more:
"Where is the press freedom? Broadcast what I have to say! What I say is not even accurately published in the press!"
While it is a good thing that he's realized how problematic free speech restrictions are, there is a bit of karmic justice in having him find himself stymied by rules that he championed and used to his own advantage when in power.

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    sehlat (profile), Nov 7th, 2008 @ 1:45pm

    This Is News?

    Every politician, businessman, and advocate on the planet who pushes some oppobrious scheme (censorship, gun control, DMCA, etc.) *never* expects to suffer from being on the wrong end of the consequences of the scheme they push.

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 7th, 2008 @ 3:17pm

    opprobrious ?

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    jonnyq, Nov 7th, 2008 @ 3:25pm

    That's okay... execs from the fashion industry will brainwash an unwitting male model to kill him.

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    LDøBë, Nov 7th, 2008 @ 6:33pm


    I wonder who'd read his a-googly at his funeral.

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    Teddy Hedenquist, Nov 9th, 2008 @ 1:35pm

    Teddy Hedenquist

    me too?

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    David, Nov 15th, 2008 @ 10:21pm

    He’s an Anti-Semite Too

    The man deserves a lot more karmic justice than that, considering that he proclaimed in front of the Arab world that the “Jews rule this world by proxy”.

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