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Malaysiakini fails final bid to set aside contempt conviction, RM500,000 fine over readers' comments | Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 — News portal Malaysiakini today failed its bid to get the Federal Court to review its previous decision that found it guilty of contempt of court for publishing comments from five of its readers back in June 2020. Federal Court judge Datuk Zaleha Yusof said the seven-man...

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Regional Round-Up 2021 (Year in Review Edition): Malaysia

Throughout the year, we have been keeping you up to date on noteworthy developments across the region with our Regional Round-up Publications. As we…

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A Setback for Media Freedom in Malaysia


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24 February 2021
A Setback for Media Freedom in Malaysia
A coalition of Malaysian and international media organisations and freedom of expression groups, including the Centre for Independent Journalism, Gerakan Media Merdeka and the National Union of Journalists Peninsula Malaysia, and global partners International Federation of Journalists, Article 19, Reporters Without Borders and the Centre for Law and Democracy are concerned that the Malaysian Federal Court’s 19 February 2021 conviction of online news outlet Malaysiakini on contempt of court charges will have a serious chilling effect on media freedom and freedom of expression.
Malaysian news site Malaysiakini's editor-in-chief Steven Gan speaks to the media after the contempt of court verdict. Credit: Mohd RASFAN / AFP

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Malaysiakini fined for contempt of court, raises over RM700k for defence fund


Malaysiakini fined for contempt of court, raises over RM700k for defence fund
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22 February 2021
Malaysiakini has raised more than RM700k for its media defence fund, days after it was fined RM500,000 for contempt of court last Friday. According to a banner on the website, Malaysiakini said the donation campaign has been suspended since it has achieved the required target.
The news platform was founded to be in contempt of court due to readers' comments perceived as offensive to the judiciary. The country's attorney-general filed an application to cite the news platform and its editor-in-chief Steven Gan for contempt of court over five comments from readers on Malaysiakini. According to Channel NewsAsia, the application said the comments "undermined public confidence in the judiciary".

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Malaysian Bar decries Malaysiakini's court fine, says RM500,000 not proportionate to offence | Malaysia


Friday, 19 Feb 2021 07:06 PM MYT
BY JERRY CHOONG
Malaysian Bar president Salim Bashir said a lower amount would have been sufficient to demonstrate the Court’s disapproval of Malaysiakini’s offence. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — The Malaysian Bar has expressed its worry over the RM500,000 fine imposed by the Federal Court earlier today on online news portal
Malaysiakini for contempt, calling it exorbitant and excessive.
Its president Salim Bashir said a lower amount would have been sufficient to demonstrate the Court’s disapproval of Malaysiakini’s offence.

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EU says concerned over Malaysiakini's court decision, effect on the media | Malaysia


Saturday, 20 Feb 2021 01:35 PM MYT
BY JERRY CHOONG
Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan arrives at the Federal Court in Putrajaya February 19, 2021. Yesterday, Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Rohana Yusuf handed down the RM500,000 fine to Malaysiakini's operator Mkini Dot Com Sdn Bhd following the decision by a panel of seven judges. ― Picture by Hari Anggara
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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 — The recent fine imposed by the Federal Court on news portal
Malaysiakini for contempt of court has drawn the worry of the European Union (EU) and two of its members.

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