Hanging out on Google while our Internet freedom ranking drops

Internet freedom: It’s not that bad lah!
By Zan Azlee

OCT 5 — Malaysia and Libya have the same Internet freedom ranking, which is 23 out of 47 countries. We trail behind countries such as the Philippines, Ukraine, Georgia, Uganda and Kyrgyzstan.

This is according to a recent study done by Freedom House, an independent watchdog organisation that monitors freedom around the world, called Freedom on the Net 2012.

In fact, the report even puts Malaysia under its list of countries at risk, which consists of another five countries (Russia, Sri Lanka, Libya, Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Rwanda).

Malaysia definitely didn’t start out this way when it came to Internet freedom. It started with former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s declaration that the country would never censor the Internet.

Fast forward about a decade later, Malaysia has sort of still stayed true to the promise made by the old man even if he has retired from office. But I guess the powers-that-be didn’t anticipate the good that would come to the Malaysian people and its society with having an Internet that is free. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

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