A Malaysian court convicted news outlet Malaysiakini on contempt of court charges in a decision that marks a setback to media freedom.
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News about the struggle for democracy in Malaysia. Malaysia is not a functioning democracy. According to Freedom House, the "2008 electoral gains of the three main opposition parties came despite serious obstacles, such as unequal access to the media and restrictions on campaigning and freedom of assembly, which left them unable to compete on equal terms with the ruling party". Also see our section on World Democracy.
Democracy has regressed in much of Asia though there are notable exceptions like Malaysia and Taiwan. Post looks at role of China in these developments.
Mahathir took office as Malaysia’s new prime minister and assumed the helm of a government under the Barisan Nasional coalition since independence .
A year after the electoral victory of the Pakatan Harapan coalition, authorities have failed to reform repressive legislation or expand civic space.
Ex-Malaysia P.M pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal breach of trust, abuse of power and money laundering, over suspected multibillion-dollar fraud.
Malaysia’s new king Sultan Abdullah formally assumed the throne during a coronation ceremony Thursday in the southeast Asian country.
Malaysia’s royal families will elect a king Thursday after the last monarch abdicated following his reported marriage to a Russian ex-beauty queen.
China’s press attacks on DC Author and leading Hong Kong democracy activist Benny Tai and the trial of Tai and his allies are clearly part of a Chinese government campaign to squash his calls for democracy in Hong Kong and on the mainland.
Malaysia’s human rights make major gains in 2018 after the election of new government that ran on a manifesto promising to make the country’s rights record.
The Malaysian government’s proposed new law to protect the monarchy from “insults” is its latest backtracking on human rights promises.