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Alerts   |   Malaysia

Malaysia intensifies harassment of award-winning cartoonist

Bangkok, November 28, 2016―Malaysian authorities should drop all criminal charges against award-winning cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, popularly known as Zunar, and cease harassing him for his work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Malaysia

Independent Malaysian news website faces threats, harassment

Members of the pro-government "red shirt" group, shown here in a September 16, 2015, file photo, protested outside news website Malaysiakini's office in Kuala Lumpur on November 5. The group's leader had threatened to "tear down" its office two days prior. (Reuters/Olivia Harris)

Bangkok, November 8, 2016 - Malaysia's government should cease harassing independent news site Malaysiakini, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police have opened a criminal investigation into the website, and a government-linked pressure group has threatened to "tear down" the website's office.

November 7, 2016 12:45 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Malaysia

Award-winning Malaysian cartoonist banned from travel

Bangkok, October 18, 2016--Malaysian authorities should immediately lift all restrictions on cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque's freedom of movement, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. An officer at Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday prevented the cartoonist, better known as Zunar, from leaving the country, according to news reports.

October 18, 2016 11:47 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Malaysia

Pro-government group harasses journalists in Malaysia

Members of Malaysia's "red shirt" group demonstrate in support of the government on the country's national day, in Kuala Lumpur, September 16, 2015 (Reuters/Olivia Harris)

Bangkok, October 17, 2016 - Malaysian authorities should swiftly bring to justice those responsible for harassing three journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Members of a pro-government group threatened journalists covering a confrontation between a group associated with the ruling party and a rival group on October 15, according to press reports.

October 17, 2016 12:06 PM ET

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Blog   |   Malaysia

Closure of news site underscores Malaysia's press freedom crisis amid 1MDB scandal

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks to the press in September 2015. News outlets that critically covered allegations in the 1MDB scandal are facing censorship and pressure. (Reuters/Olivia Harris)

On March 14, The Malaysian Insider abruptly closed its editorial operations less than a month after the state media regulator, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, blocked local access to its news site.

Alerts   |   Malaysia

Australian journalists harassed and threatened in Malaysia

Bangkok, March 14, 2016 - Authorities should immediately lift restrictions imposed on the freedom of movement of two Australian journalists in Malaysia and drop all legal threats against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Blog   |   Malaysia

Amid financial scandal, Malaysia increases pressure on media

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, standing, has been cleared of wrongdoing, but the independendent media are tenaciously challenging the official narrative. (AP/Joshua Paul)

A financial scandal involving a state investment fund created and overseen by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, exposed in turns by investigative journalists, has put a parallel spotlight on the country's deteriorating press freedom situation. A suggestion by the government's top lawyer to strengthen the 1972 Official Secrets Act to penalize journalists who decline to divulge confidential sources with life imprisonment and judicial caning aims to squelch by threat a stream of official leaks that have sustained the politically sensitive story for the past eight months.

Letters   |   Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam

CPJ urges Obama to prioritize press freedom at ASEAN summit

Dear President Obama: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express our enduring concern about the press freedom situation in Southeast Asia ahead of the summit meeting you will host for regional leaders from February 15 to February 16.

Press Releases   |   Ethiopia, Malaysia, Paraguay, Syria

CPJ Announces 2015 International Press Freedom Awards

Awardees from Ethiopia, Malaysia, Paraguay, and Syria

New York, September 15, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists will honor journalists from Ethiopia, Malaysia, Paraguay, and Syria with the 2015 International Press Freedom Awards. The journalists have endured death threats, physical attacks, legal action, imprisonment, or exile in the course of their work.

September 15, 2015 9:37 AM ET

Blog   |   Malaysia

Dogged by fraud allegations, Malaysia targets media

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, center, denies allegations that he received money from a state investment fund for personal use. (AP/Joshua Paul)

Investigative reporting on alleged mismanagement of a Malaysian state investment fund has triggered a backlash against muckraking media. On Friday, the Home Ministry ordered the suspension of two local news publications, The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily, for three months on the grounds that their reporting on the fund, known as 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), had prejudiced public order, security, and national interests, according to news reports. The suspension came into effect today.

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