Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Stop extreme public censorship in Malaysia.
Malaysian citizens face severe censorship of free expression. Activists, journalists, cartoonists, and lawyers are persecuted for criticizing their government. State officials have blocked media outlets and charged ordinary citizens with criminal offenses. Obama and other world leaders are scheduled to attend summits in Malaysia, providing a crucial opportunity to push for reform on public censorship.
Throughout history, the suppression of free speech has had dangerous consequences. Creating a culture where citizens are fearful to speak out against their government can result in tyranny and violations of basic human rights. In Malaysia, these violations are carried out under the colonial era Sedition Act, which gives government the power to censor content that threatens or disturbs public order. The vague implications of this law allows it to be applied against any public expression that is against the current power structure. These fear tactics force citizens into silence and leave them powerless in creating reform.
Malaysian citizens must be given back control of their country and feel safe to voice their critiques and suggestions of their government. Malaysia’s claims to democracy are undermined by its censorship of mass opinion, an essential aspect of a well-functioning democracy. Sign this petition to urge President Obama to address the issues of public censorship in Malaysia.
Dear President Obama,
The Malaysian government is suppressing the free speech of its people and criminalizing citizens that speak out against the current political structure. The voices of activists, journalists, and the general public are being stifled through fear. Media outlets are also facing censorship based on their content. Any person who expresses discontent is charged under the out-dated Sedition Act. This vague and manipulable law is giving wrongful power to officials, who are using fear as a means to maintain the unjust political environment. Ordinary citizens are facing criminal offenses and serious jail time due to this government manipulation.
Malaysia’s claims to democracy are not sustainable until control is given to its people. Censoring mass opinion results in excessive power in the hands of a few. As a nation built on the rights of individuals, the U.S. must use its influence to urge reformation in Malaysia. The people of Malaysia must know that they have a powerful voice in their favor at a time when theirs has been taken away. During your attendance at the Asian summits, it is essential to push for reform in Malaysia. We must demand an end to this abuse of government power and censorship
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