This project examines the background of the implementation of the Internet censorship legislation in Malaysia in 2012 by the Malaysian government. This is illustrated by an empirical analysis of the two largest pro-government Malaysian newspapers New Straits Times and The Stars coverage of the need for Internet censorship between the two parliamentary elections in 2008 and the recent one in 2013. The government suffered its worst-ever election performance in these elections, and this project will on the basis of this examine the relationship between the Internet law and the Malaysian government's current position of political power. Finally, this project will investigate the discrepancy between the government's decision to censor the Internet and the government's objective of democratic development and a full digital economy. This is investigated theoretically from the four press theories that aim to elucidate the nature of the media system and governance in Malaysia. The theoretical part will also be addressed by Castells' theory on networking, which examines the vital role of the Internet in the two last parliamentary elections. Finally Rodan’s theoretical reflections on the relationship between economic and democratic development will be integrated in this project.
|Uddannelser||Internationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||27 maj 2013|