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17 October 2008

Malaysia Minister against blocking access to blogs


By WorldFurtures
Friday, 17 October 2008

TRANSPORT Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat said the authorities should not block access to websites and blogs that do not share the same views with those in power in the country, reported Nanyang Siang Pau.

The daily quoted him as saying that there should be no impediment to freedom of speech and information posted on blogs.

“Personally I am against blocking access to blogs, which posted views and articles not in line with those in power.

“To me, the move can be seen as going backward,” he said.

Ong said blogs that had become a new platform for freedom of speech, had even brought in challenges to countries that offer limitation to freedom of speech.

On claims that many Opposition party members were spreading lies via blogs, Ong suggested that whoever felt they have been wronged could respond through a similar platform.

Judging by his statement, it is as if he expound the use of equivalent retaliation or tit for tat between the slandered and slanderer. Then again he may well mean that a wronged party have the right to defend himself/herself and all these may not be necessary if everyone exercises self restraint and draw the fine line between what is facts and fictions.

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