The backlash comes amid issues over crackdowns on press freedoms beneath PM Muhyiddin Yassin’s authorities in addition to rising anger in direction of refugees, who’ve been accused of spreading the coronavirus.
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Malaysian police on Tuesday mentioned they’ll summon reporters of reports broadcaster Al Jazeera for questioning over a documentary on the nation’s arrests of undocumented migrants, which authorities have accused of being an try and tarnish Malaysia’s picture.
“Locked up in Malaysia’s Lockdown”, produced by the Qatar-based station’s 101 East information programme, targeted on the plight of hundreds of undocumented migrants detained throughout raids carried out in areas beneath tight coronavirus lockdowns.
The documentary, which aired final week, sparked a direct backlash on-line whereas a number of officers decried the report as being inaccurate, deceptive and unfair.
The backlash comes amid issues over crackdowns on press freedoms beneath Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s authorities, which got here into energy in March, in addition to rising anger in direction of foreigners and refugees, who’ve been accused of spreading the coronavirus and burdening state assets.
Defence minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob this week referred to as on Al Jazeera to apologise to Malaysians, and mentioned allegations of racism and discrimination towards undocumented migrants have been unfaithful.
Authorities had beforehand defended the arrests as essential to uphold the legislation and stem the unfold of the pandemic.
Police will name in Al Jazeera employees as a part of a probe opened after a number of complaints filed towards the documentary, Inspector-Common of Police Abdul Hamid Bador informed reporters on Tuesday.
“It’s the police’s duty to research to see if there are any parts of sedition or wrongdoing,” he mentioned, in keeping with a video of his feedback posted by information portal Malaysia Gazette.
Spokespeople for Al Jazeera didn’t reply to an emailed request for remark.
Individually on Tuesday, Malaysia’s immigration division issued a search discover for a Bangladeshi nationwide whose identify, particulars and pictures match these of a migrant employee interviewed within the documentary.
The investigation is the most recent in a latest collection of clampdowns towards reporters and activists that rights teams say are aimed toward stifling dissent.
In Might, a journalist from the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Publish was questioned by police over her reporting on the migrant arrests.