Raja Petra locked up for two years

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 10:54 | Posted in Bloggers' rights, Blogosphere, civil rights, Freedom of speech, malaysia, Press freedom | 2 Comments
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Raja Petra Kamarudin, a Malaysian blogger and editor of Malaysia Today, has been detained for two years without trial under the Internal Security Act (ISA). Raja Petra is supposed to have insulted islam. He is going to be sent to Kamunting Detention Center today. A protest rally calling for abolition of the Internal Security Act will take place in Kuala Lumpur at 8 p.m. local time.

Baring in mind that the Malaysian government have a notorious record on harassing bloggers, the accusation of “insulting islam” must be regarded as an excuse to get rid of a political dissident. Religions, islam included, cannot be insulted because they stand above any form of insult. Any religion is god’s word for a believer but totally indifferent for a non-believer. Alas, no insult can possibly take place.

Maybe Malaysia will some day turn in to be a country with something resembling democracy and a civil society. The present corrupt government should be replaced in order to make that happen. Raja Petra and other political prisoners must be immediately released.

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  1. And Norwegian bloggers complain that we live in a police state, since the government wants to limit gambling on the web…

  2. In a worse case scenario you might even land in a Norwegian jail for organizing web poker games. The Nordic gambling monopolies have been outdated but the issue is not as crucial as limitations to free speech in Malaysia and elsewhere.

    Attempts to restrict the Internet occur in just about every country. After the latest school shooting in Finland voices have been raised to call for closing YouTube (all of it, including cultural and educational contents which the ban proponents are apparently unaware of) and hard core filtering the rest of the Internet.


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