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Media and the libel law: The Malaysian experience


Masum, Ahmad and Md Desa, Md Rejab (2014) Media and the libel law: The Malaysian experience. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 155. pp. 34-41. ISSN 1877-0428

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Abstract

The media have assumed and reinforced their important role as a legitimate reflection of public interest and opinion.However, the media are peculiarly vulnerable to error of confusing the public interest with their own interest.As a matter of fact, people have increasingly begun to seek the refuge and vindication of litigation.Malaysian media have traditionally focused on nation-building, social cohesion, and “responsible journalism”. This paper aims to examine the operation of libel law on the media in Malaysia. The paper concludes that although there is no mention of press freedom in the Malaysian Federal Constitution, Article 10(1)(a) is assumed to protect press freedom. However, press freedom is not absolute.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: International Conference on Communication and Media 2014 (i-COME’14; Organised by: School of Multimedia Technology and Communication, UUM. 18 - 20 October, 2014. Holiday Villa Beach Hotel and Resort, Langkawi, Malaysia.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Libel law; media; press freedom; public interest; responsible journalism
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: School of Law
Depositing User: Dr. Ahmad Masum
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2015 06:22
Last Modified: 19 May 2016 06:50
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/12982

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