Elections

Malaysia approves law banning fake news ahead of elections

Apr 3, 2018

Malaysia's parliament has passed a ban on fake news that critics fear will be abused to silence dissent before a general election expected to be called within days

Malaysia cuts proposed penalty for fake news to 6 years

Mar 29, 2018

Malaysia's government has cut the proposed punishment in a bill prohibiting fake news from 10 to six years in prison following an outcry from rights groups and opposition lawmakers

Malaysia approves redrawn electoral maps despite protests

Mar 28, 2018

Malaysia's Parliament has approved redrawn electoral boundaries despite protests that the ruling coalition was cheating to ensure victory in the upcoming general election

Malaysia's push to outlaw fake news, jail offenders decried

Mar 27, 2018

Malaysia's government has proposed legislation to outlaw fake news and punish offenders with a 10-year jail term, a move slammed by critics as an attempt at silencing dissent ahead of an election

Papua activist gets 10 months jail for independence petition

Mar 16, 2018

An Indonesian court has found a Papuan activist guilty of incitement and sentenced him to 10 months in prison for promoting a petition calling for a referendum on independence for the region

UN rights chief: Intolerance making inroads in Indonesia

Feb 7, 2018

UN human rights chief says "strains of intolerance" once thought foreign to Indonesia are making inroads in the world's most populous Muslim nation and warned the government against criminalizing its LGBT citizens

Morality push may outlaw sex outside marriage in Indonesia

Feb 2, 2018

Revisions to Indonesia's criminal code being considered by Parliament would outlaw sex outside marriage and could weaken checks and balances in Indonesia's young democracy

Malaysia raises interest rate for first time in 4 years

Jan 25, 2018

Malaysia's central bank has raised its key interest rate for the first time in four years ahead of general elections due by August

Malaysian opposition names 92-year-old Mahathir as PM choice

Jan 8, 2018

Malaysia's opposition alliance names 92-year-old former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad as its prime minister candidate for general elections to boost its chances of wrestling power from ruling coalition

Indonesia parliament endorses draconian law on groups

Oct 24, 2017

Indonesia's parliament has endorsed a presidential decree that gives officials sweeping powers to ban organizations deemed threats to national unity

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