Guilty as Charged! #Stop114A / by HeeJW

Yes! Under the amendments to Evidence Act, Section 114A, you, me, he, she, that guy, your grandma, my dead uncle, your lost dog, angry bird, lobster, imaginary friends... ! All presumable guilty until proven innocence! It is scary, distress and horrible! Somebody, anybody can use my name, post something menacing, i am as guilty as charged, and have to prove my point innocence. In this hackable world, how on earth for somebody to prove their innocence adding to such amendment?

A definite threat to freedom of expression and media freedom. What about the Fundamental of Human Rights? The principle of one is considered innocence until proven guilty!

The amendment was gazette on 31 July 2012. This means the law is now operational.

The Amendments to the Evidence Act Section 114A are a threat to Internet Freedom in Malaysia and a concern to anyone producing content online (excerpt-ion from here).
Briefly put Section 114A:
  • Presumes guilt rather than innocence.
  • Makes Internet intermediaries — parties that provide online community forums, blogging and hosting services — liable for content that is published through its services.
  • Threatens freedom of expression online because of the culture of fear and self censorship that are encouraged.
  • Allows hackers and cyber criminals to be free by making the person whose account/computer is hacked liable for any content/data which might have changed.
  • Reduces the opportunity to be anonymous online which is crucial in promoting a free and open Internet and safeguard vulnerable individuals eg women in situations of domestic violence who may be at risk if they are identified.
The Stop114A Campaign has put into motion many different facets of opposition to attempt at withdrawing the amendment.

And how does this affect you?


and here what you can do.
GET INVOLVED


You and I could be victimized from the Amendments, #Stop114A.
I'd done my part. You should too. Check Resources here

Let's NOT suffer in silence
#Stop114A

Regards,
JW.