POLICE RAID OFFICES OF AL JAZEERA
KUALA LUMPUR Broadcaster Al Jazeera said Malaysian police raided its office in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, amid an investigation into a program it aired on the country’s treatment of undocumented foreign workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The July 3 program, entitled Locked up in Malaysia’s Lockdown, prompted a backlash in the Southeast Asia nation, with authorities branding the report inaccurate, misleading and unfair.
Rights groups have accused the government of suppressing media freedom after Al Jazeera journalists were called in for questioning by the police and an investigation was opened into alleged sedition, defamation and violation of a communications law.
Malaysian police seized two computers from the Al Jazeera office during the raid, the Qatar-based broadcaster said.