Jul 14, 2014

Malaysian govt tightens grip on media freedom

The Malaysian government has never been friendly to an open and democratic press. But its lawsuit against an online publication is taking things to another level. Former Malaysiakini intern Jarni Blakkarly reports.

The Malaysian government has never been a friend to a free press, but a recent case highlights the extreme antipathy, as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his political party are suing an online media outlet for defamation over comments made by its users.

Even in a country that’s no stranger to the harassment of its independent online media, the case is a bizarre one.

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