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    Malaysian govt. softens stance toward bloggers

    Kuala Lumpur (AP): Media reports say Malaysia's new information minister has pledged not to impose curbs on bloggers, who have been accused by authorities of spreading slander and undermining multiethnic harmony.

    Information Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek said bloggers played a key role in recent general elections by catering to voters who wanted an alternative source of information apart from mainstream newspapers and television.

    Newspapers on Saturday quoted Ahmad Shabery as saying that everyone would have ``the freedom to use the blogs as an information distribution center.''


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