who’s afraid of the big bad blog?

01/21/07 at 4:50 pm | Posted in CNET Asia, Tech | Leave a comment

Here’s an excerpt from my latest blog entry for CNET Asia:

As you may know, two popular Malaysian bloggers have been sued by the pro-government Malaysian daily New Straits Times for defamation–and one of these bloggers happens to be my fellow CNET Asia blogger Jeff Ooi, whose personal blog Screenshots has gained a following for its commentaries on the political situation in his country.

I’ve yet to meet Jeff personally, but he has always impressed me with his coverage of the IT scene in Malaysia, and more so by his courage in expressing his political views over at Screenshots. The tagline of his Screenshots blog is very apt: “Thinking Allowed. Thinking Aloud.”

First off I’d like to wish Jeff good luck and express my support. I’d like to give the aggrieved parties over at the New Straits Times the benefit of the doubt, but it’s hard, really, not to think this is an attempt to silence bloggers who have expressed views critical of the administration.

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