Malaysia’s government on Tuesday defended a police raid that briefly shut down an independent Web site, saying its promises not to censor the Internet applied only if people behaved. Police seized computer terminals from Malaysiakini’s newsroom Monday after ruling party activists accused it of inciting racial hatred by publishing a letter comparing the party to the Ku Klux Klan, the white supremacist group in the United States. Opposition politicians, rights groups and press freedom campaigners strongly criticized the move. Deputy Home Minister Zainal Abidin Zin said anyone unhappy with the raid could challenge it in court. He also said government promises to allow freedom of expression on the Internet were not a license to say anything. Full Story
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