Wednesday, August 2, 2006

"Bloggers Beware"

PM Warns Bloggers

The Star Reported:Bloggers, Beware!

PM said: Those who spread untruths and slander on the Internet will be detained.

If information in blogs, websites and online portals were incorrect, bordered on slander, caused disturbance or compelled the public to lose faith in the nation’s economic policies, their authors would be detained for investigation, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

“We cannot allow such matters to flow through uncontrolled,” Pak Lah said.

“They say all kinds of things, make all kinds of dubious claims. We cannot allow them to abuse the freedom earned under the media. If left alone, they can say or pass on all kinds of things.”

“If they abuse the freedom – more than the present freedom given without any restriction – we cannot allow it,” Abdullah declared.

“Where in the world is there such a freedom, where one can freely spread incorrect information and slander without having to own up to it?”

Asked if he was calling for a control mechanism, Abdullah said he would leave it to the police to investigate first.

NST posted: Beware, Those spreading malicious comments and rumours can be detained and their websites or blogs investigated.

Abdullah said the Government would closely monitor the content of Internet websites and blogs that published seditious material.

Abdullah added that the sort of liberty found in blogs and websites had exceeded the freedom given to the Malaysian media.

"These people are practising the sort of freedom where they spread lies if they felt like doing so. How can we have that? Where can you find that sort of freedom in the world?" he asked.

Abdullah was responding to Information Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin’s call yesterday for control over the Internet.

Zainuddin had said that the Internet was sometimes used to spread allegations that threatened national security and racial harmony as some of the contents touched on Islam and Malay rights.