Call for solidarity!
Recently, the Malaysian authorities took harsh action against two publications for reporting on a scandal involving 1MDB, a state-owned investment company. Earlier, the London-based whistle-blower Sarawak Report website was banned from being accessed inside the country, for reporting on the same issue.
The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily, run by the Edge Media Group were suspended for three months from July 24 by the Malaysia’s Home Ministry.
The Home Ministry also warned the Edge that they might face their publication permit being revoked if failed to comply the suspension order. Currently, the Edge media owner and publisher are being investigated under Section 124 of the Penal Code for activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy, Malaysiakini reported.
On 29th July, seven journalists from the Edge, The Malaysian Insider, and Malaysiakini were banned from attending the press conference held for a cabinet revamp.
A coalition of journalists in Malaysia, including Gerakan Media Marah (Geramm), the Institute of Journalists (IoJ), Reporter Sans Frontiers (RSF), Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ, a SEAPA member) and the Foreign Correspondents Club of Malaysia, are holding a rally on Saturday, August 8 to protest the suspension of The Edge publications and to fight for greater press freedom in Malaysia. (More information:http://goo.gl/y28oiI)
SEAPA is closely observing the situation and has expressed our concerns (here: http://goo.gl/BVOHrc). We stand with our fellow Malaysian journalists in the walk of press freedom. We call on colleagues from around the region to stand with Malaysian journalists.