A 19-year-old Malaysian man was sentenced to a year in prison — the maximum jail time for the offence — for insulting a royal family on Facebook.

Muhammad Amirul Azwan Mohd Shakri, a labourer, pleaded guilty to 14 charges against him under the country’s multimedia laws, which forbid people from posting content online that others might find abusive or distressing.

It’s unclear exactly what he posted, but media reports say they were derogatory remarks directed against the royal family of Johor — one of the country’s nine monarchies. Read more…

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Malaysia jails a teenager for insulting royalty on Facebook