Editorial Interference &Legal threat against media
Bloggers IntimidationClampdown on Assemblies
5Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin twiceaccused English daily theSunas a pro Opposition paper.(First accusation reported on29 August, second on 4September)Ruhanie Ahmad, blogger andmember of the Backbenchers’Club, lodged a police reportover a threat he received viasms, which said that “bloggerswill be eliminated”.(13 August)Due to police’s reluctance toissue a permit, the Bar Councilcalled off its planned marcharound the city to commemorateInternational Human RightsDay.(4 December)Makkal Osai was suspendedfor 30 days following the publication of a picture of Jesus holding a cigarette anda canned drink. A complaintwas lodged by a youth wingof controlling partyMalaysian Indian Congress(MIC). Makkal Osai published a public apologyfor two days. (24 August)6Ministry of Internal Securitydirected media to stopreporting responses to theDeputy Prime Minister’sassertion that the country isan Islamic state. The mediawere only allowed to reportthe Prime Minister or theDeputy PM’s view on theissue.(19 July)Police questioned Marina Lee,wife of blogger Raja PetraKamaruddin about content onher husband's blog, MalaysiaToday, which UMNO allegedhas insulted the SupremeRuler, or Agong.(7 August)Six more were charged for parcipating in the “illegal”Hindraf rally. One of theorganizers, Ganapathi Rao wasre-arrested for offence under theSedition Act.(29 Nov) New Straits Times terminatedthe columns of activistZainah Anwar andcontroversial filmmaker Amir Muhammad. Last columnsappeared 2 August, and 27July respectively. ZainahAnwar is the director of NGOSisters in Islam, a group thathas been criticized byUMNO, while Amir’s filmswere twice banned by thegovernment.