A Malaysian news weekly has been suspended indefinitely by the Home Ministry, apparently for an article criticising overspending by the country’s ‘first couple’, says Seapa.
Challenges to press freedom have emerged as opposition parties run into difficulties in renewing permits for their party newspapers. Such obstacles strengthen the suspicion that the BN government doesn’t take kindly to criticism, observes Mustafa K Anuar in our cover story.
What else do the authorities want to control, wonders Soon Chuan Yean. Cartoons and T-shirts as well, apparently. These restrictions unfortunately limit people’s choice of what to read and even what to wear.