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Censorship of Arts and Culture in Malaya/Malaysia

The MY Art Memory Project Censorship Chronology is a record of arts and culture censorship in Malaysia. Censorship is when materials (such as publications and films) are examined for objectionable matter, and material considered sensitive or harmful is suppressed or deleted (Merriam-Webster dictionary). Included in this database are cases where there was a clear  intent to censor, and actions taken towards that end, but the work ultimately escaped censorship for a variety of reasons. Even where there is no final act of censorship, controversies over arts and culture provide valuable data on the attempts, rationale and function of censorship and the responses to the same. 


Each entry is by nature brief, designed to lodge the event/incident into the public record, and hopefully instigating further research and documentation. Laws, regulations and the governing or implementing bodies that enact arts censorship will be added to this Chronology, as the site develops.

The information contained in the MyArtMemory Project Censorship Chronology is accurate to the best of our knowledge. Please do contact us if there are any inaccuracies, or if you have additional information or documents to contribute. Help us to grow this vital archive by sending us verified information of arts censorship by contacting us here.