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Malaysian Government to consider censoring YouTube


The Malaysian Home Ministry is working with industry regulator, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to consider setting up a firewall on several websites in the country including YouTube.

The goal of the censorship is to make sure that inappropriate content which does not follow the guidelines set by the Film Censorship Board are not viewed by locals, The Malay Mail Online reports.

Yesterday, at the officiating ceremony of the 60th anniversary of the censorship board, Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi stressed that it is important for content on the Internet to suit the culture and sensitivity in Malaysia.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (Photo Source: themalaymailonline.com)

He also urged the commission to have the system implemented as soon as possible.
The Home Minister stated:-
“We want to create awareness among the public, specifically film goers, that the censorship board has a social and religious responsibility to ensure movies adhere to set guidelines.
Content creators have to make sure their content do not lead members of society out of social and religious norms.”

Malaysia is consider one of the countries with the most censorship as many materials such as books, video games, songs, concerts, movies, television shows and videos are banned due to ‘inappropriate’ content.

Three months ago, Facebook was one of the potential websites to be banned in Malaysia. However the plan was overturned.

Some of the films that were not shown in Malaysia this year due to its content and subject matter are; “Banglasia”, “Noah”, “The Raid 2: Berandal”, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, “Son of God”, “Sex Tape” and “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”.

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