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Should satire be protected as free speech?

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Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia is suing political artist and activist Fahmi Reza for his recent satirical artwork that has allegedly insulted the institution. Fahmi himself has stood firm on his stance that satire is a form of expression that he has a right to exercise.

BFM speaks to Thulsi Manogaran, an activist with a civil society coalition working on freedom of expression, on the position of satire when it comes to freedom of speech. Lawyer Khaizan Sharizad Razak then tells the station about the legalities in pursuing action against satire. Finally, Ernest Ng, comic book writer of CovidBallz, explains why satire is important.

Producers: Loo Juosie, Adeline Choong and Alia Zefri
Presenters: Sharmilla Ganesan and Lee Chwi Lynn

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loyal malaysian
loyal malaysian
23 Apr 2021 4.43pm

Of course, those … hibernating at UKM will say Fahmi Reza deserved to be sued.
Yes, we are sensitive to the culture we are in – we will not use satire like Charlie Hebdo did of the Prophet…
I have no inkling of Fahmi’s offence yet – but “the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues” hardly qualifies Fahmi’s to be such a target.
Yet, we are aware of the culture we are in, when Mkini can be fined RM50,000 for contempt of the judiciary.
So, Fahmi all the best to you – think you know what I mean!!

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