The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily has been suspended for three months by the Home Ministry. What does this mean? Is the Malaysian press under threat? In my opinion, this form of censorship is wrong.
Below is a media statement that The Edge Media Group released today:
KDN suspends The Edge Weekly and Daily for 3 months over 1MDB reporting
Kuala Lumpur, July 24, 2015 – The Malaysian Home Ministry (Kementrian Dalam Negeri – KDN) has suspended the publishing permit of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily for three months from July 27.
A letter from KDN stated that the two publications’ reporting of 1MDB were “prejudicial or likely to be prejudicial to public order, security or likely to alarm public opinion or is likely to be prejudicial to public and national interest”.
Failure to stop publication for three months will result in the withdrawal of the publishing permits, the KDN letter said.
The Edge Media Group publisher and CEO Ho Kay Tat expressed disappointment with the KDN decision.
“We don’t see how exposing the scam to cheat the people of Malaysia of billions of Ringgit can be construed as being detrimental to public and national interest,” said Ho. “This is nothing more than a move to shut us down in order to shut us up.”
Ho said The Edge will go to court and try and get the suspension lifted.
Other digital options to deliver the news will also be explored.
“To our advertisers, we hope you will continue to support us through our digital platforms now that the print will not be available for three months,” said Ho.
The Edge Media Group’s Malaysian operations have a staff count of around 350.