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).

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