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Malaysia's Mahathir calls for Internet censorship

Malaysia's Mahathir calls for Internet censorship
'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'

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has called for the Internet to be censored to preserve "public morality", in what the opposition suggested Saturday, August 2, 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."Not knowing the power of the Internet, I promised that we (speaking then as the prime minister of Malaysia) would not censor it."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.

" (READ: Looking forward: The fight for Internet freedom) Mahathir pledged in the 1990s that the government would never censor the Internet, in a bid to lure high-tech foreign investment."The Internet has played a major role in undermining public morality," 89-year-old Mahathir said in a blog posting Friday, August 1, adding that "today any child can access pornography of the worse kind.

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