Police raid offices of Malaysiakini.com news website

first_img Help by sharing this information News RSF_en March 17, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) protested at a police raid today on the offices of the news website Malaysiakini.com, Malaysia’s chief source of independent news, seizing about 20 computers and partially blocking access to the website after it published criticism of the government.The press freedom organisation called on home affairs minister Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi, who is also deputy prime minister, to see the equipment was returned at once and to drop all charges against the website’s owner, Steve Gan. Access to the blocked part of site containing the criticism, in the form of a letter, was restored later in the day.Gan, who said the raid was an attempt to close it down, has been summoned by police to appear on 22 May to answer a complaint against the site for “sedition” and “inciting racial hatred.”The anonymous letter, posted on the site on 9 January, criticised the government’s granting of special rights to the country’s ethnic Malay majority and compared the ruling United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) to the racist US Ku Klux Klan. Police demanded to know who had written the letter but Gan refused to say, as a matter of journalistic principle.Malaysiakini.com, which started up in November 1999, gets 100,000 visitors a day and has won international prizes for its news coverage of a country where the media are controlled by government associates and subjected to very strict laws. MalaysiaAsia – Pacific January 29, 2021 Find out more February 22, 2021 Find out more News Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ commentscenter_img January 20, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police raid offices of Malaysiakini.com news website News Follow the news on Malaysia New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth News to go further MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again Organisation last_img

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