The Malaysian government has suspended the publication of a main opposition newspaper in a move political rivals criticised as a crackdown on dissent.
Suara Keadilan, run by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's Keadilan party, ran into trouble after
the authorities said it violated publishing laws with a report this month which claimed a government agency is bankrupt.
The Home Ministry, which oversees Malaysia's newspapers, said it will not renew Suara Keadilan's permit as it was not
satisfied with the paper's explanation for the allegedly inaccurate report.
A letter will be issued to inform the printer that it is not allowed to print until a decision is made on the renewal of its permit, the ministry said in a
The opposition vowed to defy the ban.
Update: 4th Ban
20th July 2010. Based on
article from indexoncensorship.org
A fourth newspaper has been forced to close in Kuala Lumpur following the government's crackdown on publishing licenses. The suspension of Hakhah's printing office follows the closure of the newspapers Suara Keadilan, Kabar Era Pakatan and Rocket on
Suara Keadilan, a leading critical voice in Malaysia, is reported to have been shut down for publishing false news that could incite public unrest. Local activists claim that Prime Minister Najib Razak's government is attempting to
silence critical publications ahead of national elections.