Forum on Surviving the Internet Clampdown: Note by Nat Tan

Posted: July 26, 2007 in Blogging and Democracy, Event

Note from Nat Tan

The following is a note from Nat Tan. I do not have much time left, I have a class in 20 minutes so please read on and for further information go to I tried to but the server seems to be down or something like to that effect! GOT TO GO

Facing & Surviving the Internet Clampdown: Our Liabilities, Rights and Responsibilities

Time: 28th July, 2007 – Saturday, 3pm
Venue: KL-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall

With the authorities’ upsurge of threats regarding the internet, there is a growing need for the public to know its rights, responsibilities and liabilities with regards to what they write online.

Recent cases have also shown that since even the innocent are likely to be targetted, it is also important for those working towards change in Malaysia to be prepared for all eventualities.

Being fully aware of one’s legal rights and a familiarity with proper police and legal procedure could make all the difference in the case of wrongful arrest or detention.

This discussion will explore these issues with the aim of educating the public as to how to stay on the right side of the law, and what to do if the ‘law’ comes after you anyway.

Lawyer R. Sivarasa will briefly discuss laws that apply to internet writers as well as the legal procedures surrounding arrests and detention, activist S. Arutchelvan will talk about what the police can and cannot do to people under their custody, while blogger and journalist Soon Li Tsin will share some experiences regarding activism in the face of wrongful arrest. Recent arrestee Nathaniel Tan will moderate this discussion, which will be largely informal and be more of a dialogue in nature.

We will continue to see if other experts in this field will like to come by and share. An open invitation is extend to Raja Petra Kamarudin, who has been the latest target of the authorities.

Members of the public who are concerned both about knowing as well as safeguarding their rights and fundamental freedoms are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served following the discussion.

If you can leave a comment at to indicate your attendance, that will also be most helpful. Thank you!


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