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Malaysia

Prime Minister Najib Razak wages a personal war against outspoken media outletsand does not hesitate to order police raids on newsrooms. The persecution of critical journalists extends to the Internet, and some news websites such as Sarawak Report and The Edge are blocked for reporting alleged corruption involving government officials. Opposition sites and news sites, including Sarawak Report, Radio Free Sarawak, Dayak Baru Blog and Malaysiakini, were also the targets of DDoS-type cyber-attacks in the run-up to local elections in Sarawak (on the island of Borneo) in April 2011. The authorities use draconian laws such as the Internal Security Act and the Sedition Act to intimidate critical journalists and bloggers. No fewer than 23 journalists and bloggers were questioned by the police in the first two months of 2015 in connection with what they had written online. As the judicial system is not independent, the authorities do not hesitate to take some media outlets to court.