The Importance Of Media Freedom In Malaysia

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Introduction.
Communication is the process of transmitting information from one individual to another. Due to this, media has become the communication tool in this society. Whether it is print media or non-print media, it helps us to communicate information through publication of words and pictures. Media also helps to communicate information electronically through sounds and images. In a democracy, media serve as a linkage mechanism between people and their government.
There is one law in Malaysia that protects media freedom which is Article 10 of the Constitution. There are limits to this freedom, and these limits are defined by the Government. (The Media Council, 2014) Media freedom is defined the freedom of communicating and expressing
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Nevertheless, the constitution guarantees freedom of expression under Article 10, but allows for a congregation of limitations to this right. The Sedition Act laws are regularly used to impose restrictions on the press and other critics of the government.

Sedition Act 1948.
In Malaysia, seditious tendency Section 3 (1) under The Sedition Act 1948 in media control is one of the existing law that control media.
Seditious tendency is known as the tendency to; o Bring in hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against any Ruler or Government. o Excites the subjects of any Ruler or the inhabitants of any territory governed by any Government to attempt to procure in the territory of the Ruler or governed by the Government, the modification, otherwise than by lawful means, of any matter as by law established. o To raise discontent amongst the subjects of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or the Ruler of any State. o To promote feelings of ill will and hostility between different races or classes of the population in Malaysia. o Question any matter right, status, privilege, sovereignty or prerogative established or protected by the provisions of part III of the Federal

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