Malaysia toughens sedition law to include online media ban, mandatory jail

April 10, 2015 4:21 AM

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia has strengthened its controversial sedition law, imposing a minimum jail term of three years and allowing the government to block online media deemed to be seditious, lawmakers said on Friday.

The toughening of the Sedition Act, which dates back to British colonial rule, comes after a crackdown in which scores of people have been detained under the law in recent weeks since opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was jailed in February on sodomy charges.

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