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Malaysia’s score for internet freedom has improved despite a decline in overall global rankings, moving from 'not free' to 'partly free', said Freedom House in a report today: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/282610

The ‘Freedom On The Net 2014’ report stated that Malaysia’s position has improved by two points (42), but was still poorer than neighbours Singapore (40) and Philippines (27), where a higher index implies better freedom.

The report, which studied the internet freedom development in 65 countries took into account the obstacles to access, limits on content and violation of user rights to determine the index.

Among the key developments affecting internet freedom here that the report cited for the past year included Seputeh MP Teresa Kok’s charge for sedition over a satirical video and the detaining of two bloggers (Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee) for spreading religious harmony on Facebook.

The government’s move of denying online news media portals like Malaysiakini and FZ Daily print licences were also considered in the report's assessment of Malaysia's index.

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