Friday, July 27, 2007

ZORRO SALUTES BAR COUNCIL & "LAWYERS FOR BLOGGRS"


ZORRO TAKES THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SALUTE THE BAR COUNCIL FOR INITIATING THIS MOVE TO PROTECT BLOGGERS SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT (THAT WE SINCERELY VOTED IN IN 2004) UNLEASH THEIR FORMIDABLE ARSENAL ON UNDESIRABLE BLOGGERS WHO JUST DO THEIR UTMOST TO TELL THE TRUTH, EVEN IF IT HURTS.

"..... You will all have read about Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Dato’ Seri Nazri Aziz’s threat to take legal action against bloggers.

Bernama reports that he said “the government would not hesitate to use the Internal Security Act (ISA), the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 121B of the Penal Code against these bloggers.”

This chilling threat of action against bloggers is the latest of a series of worrying events which give rise to a reasonable apprehension that our laws on defamation, official secrets and public order may be abused in order to stifle dissent and legitimate free speech.

Some of these events include the arrest and detention of Nathaniel Tan for about 4 days, the police report against Raja Petra Kamarudin.

Blogs have become a source of much information not otherwise in the public domain and are being utilized to garner popular support through voter education drives which aim to hold policians more accountable for their actions. (The popularity of Malaysia-Today, Malaysiakini, Haris Ibrahim’s People’s Parliament, the Citizen Think Tank and other websites/blogs are cases in point).

The Malaysian Bar Council's Interventions Strike Force Initiative


In light of the potential threat to freedom of expression by the use of the repressive Internal Security Act and Sedition Act, the Bar Council Human Rights Committee has decided to initiate a drive to gather a pool of volunteer lawyers to be on standby to assist bloggers.

This will be part of the Interventions Strike Force led by Deputy Chair Amer Hamzah Arshad.

This is in line with the Bar’s aim to provide legal representation to all those in need, particularly in cases where State action is being taken against freedom of expression.

Naturally, this does not in any way amount to the Bar condoning any statements made on any blog which do in fact amount to a legitimate offence.

If you are a LAWYER who is able to help, please email to:


The Human Rights Research Officer, Mr Rajen Devaraj

Email: rajen@malaysianbar.org.my

Fax at 03-20342825/20261313

Give your Name, Firm and full contact details (including email address and handphone number) so he can liaise with you.

THANK YOU DEFENDERS


2 comments:

Zawi said...

Thank You Lawyers

This is the most honourable deed by you. Infact many of us would like to chip in by making donations to support any cause that can help victims of the abuse of ISA. More often ISA is used to silence political foes instead of fighting threat to national security.
I believe the bar council can establish this fund and manage it as the bar council deems fit.

Maverick SM said...

This is a great piece of news for bloggers. Fortunately we have a caring Bar Council.