Below a post that appeared in Charles Hector's blog, tell us why we must all be concerned as this issue will affect all our work for human rights and worker rights
Well, it looks like Malaysians may not be able to show others in Malaysia videos/DVDs/etc without first submitting it to the Malaysian government to get the Film Censorship Board's approval....
Know that usually this law has been used only with regard films screened in the cinemas...wonder whether it is also used to 'pre-approve' all our TV programmes/documentaries/ etc that we see on ASTRO...and RTM...
WOULD THIS NOW NOT LEAD TO A FURTHER EROSION OF DEMOCRATIC SPACE IN MALAYSIA?
I believe that we all have to stand up and oppose this new attempt of this UMNO-led BN government to even further erode our freedom of expression, opinions and views...
Komas activist in court for illegal screening of documentary
BY RITA JONGA human rights activist was charged at the magistrate's court in Kuala Lumpur today with the screening of a documentary, which was not cleared by the Film Censorship Board, on the alleged atrocities by the Sri Lankan army during the country's civil war.
Lena Hendry, 28, a Komas programme coordinator, claimed trial to screening the film "No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka" at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, Jalan Maharajalela, at 9pm on July 3, 2013.
She was charged under the Film Censorship Act 2002 and is liable to a maximum fine of RM30,000 or three years jail, upon conviction.
Magistrate Ashraf Rezal Abdul Manan granted her bail of RM1,000 in one surety and fixed October 21 for mention.
DPP Muhammed Husaini Rusli prosecuted while New Sin Yew, Andrew Khoo and Joshua Tay represented Hendry.
Hendry was arrested with two other coordinators, Anna Har and Arul Prakash, during a raid by the Home Ministry at the screening of the documentary on July 8, with Hendry the first to be produced in court.
The documentary is said to cover the war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government during the civil war in 2009.
Utusan Malaysia, in its report on the raid, had referred to the three Komas staff as being "suspected supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) militants".
Komas is a movement for the Popular Communications for Human Rights in Malaysia. - September 19, 2013.- Malaysian Insider, 19/9/2013, Komas activist in court for illegal screening of documentary