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Malaysia: Controversy rages over website raid

Two of the most sensitive issues in Malaysia – racial policies and press freedom – have combined to turn Monday’s police raid on an independent Internet newspaper into a full-blown political controversy. In the past few days, activists, citizens, all the opposition parties and regional and international press groups have spoken out against the raid on the offices of Malaysiakini.com and the seizure of its computers. “A crude attempt” to muzzle independent media, said the Bangkok-based Southeast Asian Press Alliance. “Uncivilized,” said the Islamic party PAS. Yet another sign of Malaysia’s “authoritarian syndrome”, argued the Chinese-based Democratic Action Party. Full Story

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