Hakam laments the fact that one of the factors, aside from commercial considerations, which has prompted the closure of the The Malaysian Insider was its prolonged blocking by the government.
According to Malaysian Insider chief editor-director Jahabar Sadiq, no clear reasons nor notification have to-date been given for this drastic anti-media act.
It is widely acknowledged that The Malaysian Insider provided balanced reporting consonant with the highest professional journalistic standards throughout its existence these past eight years.
The government’s undemocratic action to shut out critical reporting, especially as related to the notorious scandals, shames us in the eyes of all right-thinking people and denigrates our standing in the international community.
We urge the government to rethink its repressive stance against media freedom as it undermines and subverts the rule of law – a fundamental and non-negotiable precept of our Rukun Negara.
TMI’s closure date – 14 March 2016 – will go down in the annals of media freedom as a dark and dreary spot.
This statement was issued on behalf of the Hakam executive committee by its president, Ambiga Sreneevasan, and its secretary general, Robyn Choi.