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Censorship and Ethics in Malaysia Censorship and Ethics in Malaysia 11 November Mass Media For example the issue of race, religion or the monarchies of the country are subjects that lead to provocation amongst the people of the country.
With the emergence of the media that was invented for a long period, we have been constantly striving to understand the effects of media and how it plays a role in the behavior of the people receiving the information. The media had always been given conflicting views on whether it is building up the qualities of human life or either destroying it by creating social disorders.
In the Malaysian media context, censorship has always been a rising issue in the process of adapting to a modern knowledge based economy and keeping at par with other international media. Malaysia has always practiced those stringent forms of media censorship banning over hundreds of movies, songs, television, print and other media sources that contains an explicit or derogatory contents that is contrary to upholding morality which is expected in the local society.
There are countless of media sources in forms of books, television, films, music and videos from around the world that penetrates through our Malaysian media. Most of which undergoes the process of monitoring and filtering to check that it is suitable for the local content and does not cross the boundaries of the local standards.
The censorship guidelines of Malaysian media has axed out many explicit contents relating to nudity and violence that could contribute towards the behavior of the people in the country.
There are many explicit contents that could send out a negative message that influences the younger generation of this country therefore the raise for awareness in the standards of morality should be taken into a serious consideration as it could lead to a more jeopardizing act such as crime and violence that could abrupt the peace that the country upholds.
A theory is brought up that there is a correlation between criminal offenders and the explicit content shown on television such as obscenity and violence.
There are many areas that are under the supervision of the media control in areas of television, printed media, films and cinema, internet, and music.
All of these are given a strict sanction that eliminates the undesired or inappropriate contents of the media. The censors blocks out areas that touches the subject of nudity, sex, profanity, violence and sensitive issues regarding of religious themes in films.
The internet however was imposed a very lax and lenient rule compared to the other media branches as it was uncensored and civil liberties was assured until the 11th of June when the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission issued a letter to all Malaysian ISPs and blocked several websites which includes several file-hosting website and also peer to peer traffic sites.
They have been allegedly breaching the code Section 41 of the Copyright Actinvolves dealing with pirated contents.
The Malaysian government nonetheless has a very tringent rule over the printing presses and the publication of the country. Printing presses and publication companies have to abide to the Malaysian statue, Printing Presses and Publications Act which administers publication and all usage of printing presses and all printing presses require a license granted by the Home Affairs Minister, renewed every year.
In the areas of Films and cinema, a Malaysian government ministry called the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia was established to inspect films that penetrate into the Malaysian market.
It is under the Film Censorship Act and was revised in under an updated version of the Act which states that any film that is to be screened in the country was to be licensed by the Board therefore allowing not one to view any film that has not been legalized or viewed by the Board.
It also states that the Act bans the possession or screening of any subject in terms of pornographic and provocative contents. The act of doing so would subject the screener of the films in those contexts to be fined or even imprisonment for that matter.
The Board observes the uncensored films and decides whether its content was appropriate for the people of Malaysia. Only after the Board is satisfied that the film complements the rules then only will the film receives the approval for its release.
The materials censored by Censorship Board are inclusive of trailers, posters, advertisements and the film itself. There are hundreds of titles of films that passes through the Malaysian market and these films would be viewed and the censors would pay attention to the details such as profanity, obscenity, violence and films that touch sensitive issues that could well be provocative.
These parts are either axed out from the movie or the movie itself is completely banned if the board found its content too inappropriate for Malaysian audiences.
There are a lot of numbers of films from the western media that was censored or banned from the Malaysian market due to its inappropriate content but some would later be released censored on optical media such as in DVD or Blue- Ray formats.
Censorship is a growing issue in Malaysia where many musicians also have been banned from performing in relation to racial, moral and most popularly, religious concerns.
There are numerous cases where musicians and performers are refrained from wearing inappropriate attires to censoring the music that they produce. For instance inAmerican rock band Linkin Park was told to refrain from wearing shorts while performing and singer Mariah Carey was asked to cover up during her stage performances.
Malaysian organizers of the Pussycat Dolls concert were also fined for infringement of the decency laws. Eventually the concert went on scheduled with a critical success.
InErykah Badu, an artist from the United States was denied permission to perform in Malaysia hence cancelling her concert as it was found that she had tattooed the word Allah on a part of her body.
In terms of songs, there are hundreds of songs over the years that was refrained from air play or censored in its content then only allowing it to be broadcast to the mainstream Malaysian media as these songs were considered unsuitable for broadcasting on its radio and television stations. The phenomenon also consists of inappropriate attired boys and girls group that could sent out subliminal messages to the younger generation of Malaysia.
Censorship is always a growing issue in Malaysia.(Video offered by Dailymotion) Bohemian Rhapsody is reportedly being censored in Malaysia as a result of nation’s strict anti-homosexuality legal guidelines. Censors have eliminated 24 minutes from the biopic that tells the story of Queen and its frontman Freddie Mercury, in accordance with the Malay Mail.
Among the many deleted passages is the video for [ ]. Mar 07, · Following our previous articles about increasing political censorship of the Internet in Malaysia, things have quickly gone from bad to worse.
In fact since July , the Malaysian government has blocked at least ten websites, including online news portals and private blogs, for reporting about. by index on censorship The Malaysian Home Ministry website has just published new censorship guidelines for films this week.
Restrictions around profanity and displays of intimacy between adults have been relaxed, if they are “appropriate” to .
Malaysia has always practiced those stringent forms of media censorship banning over hundreds of movies, songs, television, print and other media sources that contains an explicit or derogatory contents that is contrary to upholding morality which is expected in the local society.
Censorship is a growing issue in Malaysia as it attempts to adapt to a modern knowledge-based economy. Malaysia has one of the world's strictest forms of media censorship, with nearly a hundred movies banned in this decade [timeframe?] alone on the pretext of upholding morality.
An updated guideline for film censorship came into force on March espousing the regulations in which films are expected to follow under four categories: public safety and harmony, religion, culture and manners, and morality, including a list of words deemed too rude for the rakyat to hear or see.
According to the Board, the rules contained in the guidelines are of prime importance as films exert influence on .