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Attacks on the Press 2009

February 18, 2010
Title Attacks on the Press 2009 – Asia Developments
Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Country Bangladesh | Fiji | Indonesia | India | Cambodia | Republic of Korea | Malaysia | Singapore
Publication Date 16 February 2010
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press 2009 – Asia Developments, 16 February 2010, available at: http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/4b7bc2f02d.html %5Baccessed 18 February 2010]

Attacks on the Press 2009 – Asia Developments

MALAYSIA

Police arrested Law Tech Hao, editor of Suara Keadilan, and Josh Hong, a political columnist for the online news service Malaysiakini, on May 6 while they were covering a candlelight vigil for detained writer Wong Chin Huat outside a Kuala Lumpur police station, according to the local Centre for Independent Journalism. Wong, a writer, academic, and chairman of the local Writer’s Alliance for Media Independence, was among more than 80 people arrested for opposing the ruling party’s efforts to regain control of the state legislative assembly in the northern state of Perak, according to international news reports. The party lost the state in 2008 general elections but later secured a majority after several opposition politicians defected, local reports said. Both reporters were released without charge after several hours in custody.

The news Web site Malaysiakini in September defied a government order to remove two videos about a dispute between Muslims and minority Hindus over the relocation of a Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission had called the videos “provocative” and in violation of the country’s 1998 Communication and Multimedia Act. Muslim protesters were shown delivering the severed head of a cow – sacred to Hindus – to a government office in the first clip, filmed by Malaysiakini reporters. The second recorded Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein describing the protesters as “victims” in a September 2 press conference. The commission launched an investigation of the site after its refusal, but no further measures were announced, according to international news reports.

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