Malaysia

Al Jazeera condemns police raid of its KL office

PETALING JAYA: Al Jazeera has condemned the police raid on its Kuala Lumpur office.

"On Tuesday, Aug 4, Malaysian police conducted a raid on Al Jazeera’s Kuala Lumpur office and seized two computers. This comes on the back of international condemnation of the actions of the Malaysian authorities. Al Jazeera views this not only as an attack on itself but on press freedom as a whole.

"The raid comes after Malaysian police questioned seven Al Jazeera staff members as part of an investigation launched after the broadcast of the 101 East investigative report, 'Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown' on July 3,2020," it said in a statement on Tuesday.

The news agency added that it was "gravely concerned" for its staff that were being investigated.

"Al Jazeera is gravely concerned that its staff are being investigated for sedition, defamation and violation of the country’s Communications and Multimedia Act, offences which carry jail terms and fines.

“Conducting a raid on our office and seizing computers is a troubling escalation in the authorities’ crackdown on media freedom and shows the lengths they are prepared to take to try to intimidate journalists, ” it said.

Earlier, Bukit Aman CID deputy director Deputy Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said that the raid on Al Jazeera's office in G Tower, Kuala Lumpur, was conducted by teams from both the CID special investigation Unit and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

Football news:

In Real life, all tests for coronavirus gave a negative result
Flick spoke to Goetze about returning to Bayern. The club's management against the
Barcelona continues to clear the squad to avoid ending the season with -100 million. Already gone Vidal and Rakitic, on the order of Modibo and Semed
Tottenham want to buy Skrinjar. Inter demands 60 million euros
Barcelona agreed to transfer desta for 20+5 million euros with Ajax
Villarreal bought defender Cuenca from Barca for 2.5 million euros and loaned to Almeria
Inter striker Esposito goes on loan to SPAL