The varying treatment of selected human rights issues via internet media in Sarawak, East Malaysia

Date created: 
2010
Keywords: 
Penan protests
Blogs
Malaysian press
Online activism
Human rights
Transnational activism
Abstract: 

This study examines efforts by indigenous rights activists to exert pressure on the Malaysian government by way of new media technologies and transnational human rights networks. Comparative content analysis of newspaper and online coverage shows that, despite the many formal restrictions on political demonstration and dissent in physical public spaces, the internet provides Malaysians with an important arena for political dissent. Additionally, the study finds that new technologies have further facilitated collaboration between local activists and overseas rights networks as first examined by Keck and Sikkink (1998). The study traces how transnational activism resulted in political pressure on the Malaysian government via boycotts, letter writing campaigns and financial support resulting, in some cases, in the desired boomerang effect.

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Language: 
English
Document type: 
Thesis
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Department: 
School for International Studies - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Project (M.A.)
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