28 Dec '13, 6am

Gov’t’s history of silencing media on ‘technicalities’ - Nigel Aw (Mkini)

Nigel Aw Malaysiakini Dec 28, 2013 Media activists have poured cold water on the Home Ministry’s explanation that news weekly The Heat’s suspension was due to its failure to comply with technical provisions under its publishing permit. At a forum in Kuala Lumpur last night to show solidarity with The Heat, Malaysiakini chief editor Fathi Aris Omar bluntly called the explanation “bulls**t”. Fathi pointed out that the government has had a history of indefinitely suspending publications on technical grounds when upset with their contents. “An example was a political news weekly Ekslusif, published by KarangKraf which was closed down in April after the 1999 General Election with the reason that its licence had lapsed and now renewed,” he said. Adding on, political cartoonist Nor Afendi Ramli (above) said other publications such as Tamadun, Detik, Al-Wasilah were similarly “sus...

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