Malaysia paper shut over cartoon
The Malaysian government has suspended publication of a regional newspaper after it reprinted controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
The Sarawak Tribune, distributed across part of Malaysian Borneo, is the first newspaper in the country to be shut down in almost 20 years.
Sarawak is one of the few areas in Malaysia where Muslims are in a minority.
The cartoon appeared on the inside pages of Saturday's Sarawak Tribune.
The paper responded quickly by sacking the part-time duty editor who was in charge that day and by issuing two apologies.
Meanwhile, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim (BN-Kota Baharu), plans to table a private members bill to establish a Press Council to monitor the media and provide an avenue for the public to seek redress against biased or unfair reporting. I totally agree with what he said:
He pointed out press freedom is important not because the media deserves more rights than others but because it could be used appropriately for the benefit of the people.
Meanwhile, asked on newspaper reports on the move to suspend Sarawak Tribune for reprinting the caricature insulting Prophet Mohamad, he said action should be taken against the individual who committed the error and not the organisation.
"There are innocent people (working there) and now they are also being punished for a crime they did not commit," he added.
UPDATED: Aiks! The Star said..
The ministers have left it to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. He is expected to make a decision as early as today.
...but UM said...
`"Justeru, Perdana Menteri telah mencadangkan supaya akhbar itu digantung dan perkara itu mendapat sokongan sebulat suara. Beliau juga akan mengumumkan mengenainya," kata beliau ketika dihubungi Utusan Malaysia, di sini, hari ini.
The Star="awaiting decision"
UM= "already made decision"
Get the facts right, O.K.!
R.I.P., Condolences, Al-Fatihah and Jit Ngoi Sun Pin. Permit's officially axed. Around 300 employees will be retrenched. Another media casualty. Cause of death: Still unknown yet. Black history for 8th February 2006. R.I.P. again.
What's your Sarawak Tribune moment (TM)? Mind sharing?