Govt all out to curb child porn online

Govt all out to curb child porn online

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is reviewing the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 in its efforts to curb child pornography on the Internet.

"The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is in the process of reviewing the Act and other provisions of the law," said Datuk Jailani Johari.

The Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister was speaking after the launch of Journalism Now, a forum held in conjunction with World Press Freedom Day.

Jailani was commenting on a group calling itself "Mothers Against Pornography" that had handed out flowers and flyers to the public recently.

The flyers contained information on what people should do if they knew of anyone distributing smut.

The move was in response to the case of Nur Fitri Azmeer Nordin, 23, a mathematics student studying at the Imperial College in London on a scholarship.

He was jailed five years by the Southwark Crown Court for downloading and distributing more than 30,000 disturbing images of child pornography.

Asked if the review would mean the introduction of stricter laws, Jailani said that it was premature to say anything now.

The ministry was in the process of consulting various stakeholders, including several experts, he said.

"I cannot say at this stage because I believe they are still in discussion," he added.

Earlier, Jailani read out a speech on behalf of Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek at the forum,

The minister said the Government was committed to facilitating a free and independent press, and recognised the media's role as the Fourth Estate.

"While we have a constitutionally guaranteed right to hold our own views, we hope the views put forward by the press are well informed and in good faith," said Ahmad Shabery.

He said Malaysia could lead the way to a more thriving and vibrant type of journalism because of its diverse society.

"The Government could lay the groundwork to catalyse such a holistic vision of future journalism with the appropriate policies and initiatives," he added.

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