Printing Press Act 1984 Case Study

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The Printing Presses and Publication Act 1984 was first introduced by the British colonial government as the Printing Ordinance of 1984 at the beginning of the state of emergency, this act was appeared in an emergency situation. During that time, the communist activities are seen as a threat, which is why The Printing Presses and Publication Act were introduced to fight against it. The Act required all newspaper and printing presses must granted by the Home Affairs Minister before they publish their printing material or publications, and the license must renew every year. (Cijmalaysia, 2015) The Printing Ordinance of 1948 was revised in 1971, because of race riots in 1969. This incident was happened in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya in Malaysia,…show more content…
Because most of the press and publications was control by the government, in the Operasi Lalang incident on 27 October 1987, there are more than 100 people were detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA), which include social activists, opposition politicians, academics, human rights activists and social workers. Besides, the three mainstream newspapers publishing license also get suspended for a while because of they are reveal some ‘good news’ to the alternative press, which is The Stars, Sin Chew Jit Poh and Watan (Gomez, Wah & Teik,

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