Malaysia's Mahathir calls for Internet censorship
Published on Aug 2, 2014 12:17 PM
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has called for the Internet to be censored to preserve "public morality", in what the opposition suggested Saturday was an attempt to silence government critics.
Mahathir, who was the country's longest-serving prime minister, in office from 1981 to 2003, remains an influential figure in Malaysian politics.
"The Internet has played a major role in undermining public morality," 89-year-old Mahathir said in a blog posting Friday, adding that "today any child can access pornography of the worse kind.
"I don't care how sacred is freedom but I think the time has come for governments, at least the Malaysian government to censor the Internet."
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