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Slighting Facebook post lands Malaysian teenager in prison

According to a Deputy Public Prosecutor in Malaysia, a 19-year-old teenager Muhammad Shakri has landed himself in prison after he posted a slighting Facebook message targeted at a royal family in a Southern state of the Asian country.

Shakri pleaded guilty to a 14 counts of insulting the Johor royal family on his Facebook page between March and April, before he was sentenced by Johor Bahru Sessions’s court.

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The District Police Prosecutor said the teenager was charged under the country’s multimedia law that forbids posting online content that annoys, abuses, threatens, or harasses others.

The law carries a maximum penalty of up to one year imprisonment and/or a fine of up to 12,500 dollars.

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