Two se­nior ed­i­tors of The Star sus­pended over con­tentious cover

Cops open in­ves­ti­ga­tion pa­pers against the news­pa­per over front page con­tro­versy

New Straits Times - - Front Page - C. PREMANANTHINI news@nst.com.my KUALA LUMPUR

THE Star has sus­pended two of its two top ed­i­tors pend­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion and in­quiry into its front page on Saturday, which caused a con­tro­versy.

The Star on­line re­ported that ed­i­tor-in-chief Datuk Leanne Goh Lee Yen and ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor Do­rairaj Nada­son would cease to func­tion their roles un­til fur­ther notice.

“They have been sus­pended from their du­ties and an inves- tiga­tion into the mat­ter will be con­ducted soon.

“Star Me­dia Group Bhd man­ag­ing direc­tor and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai will over­see edi­to­rial op­er­a­tions dur­ing this pe­riod.

“The ed­i­tors in­volved and the Star Me­dia Group Bhd will co­op­er­ate fully with the authorities in in­ves­ti­gat­ing the is­sue, es­pe­cially the Home Min­istry and police,” The Star on­line re­ported.

It was re­ported that the Min- istry had given the news­pa­per seven days to re­spond to a show­cause let­ter over its front page, which de­picted a pic­ture of Mus­lims per­form­ing ter­awih prayer sand­wiched be­tween the head­line “Malaysian ter­ror­ist leader” and a spa ad­ver­tise­ment.

Sec­re­tary gen­eral Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim was quoted as say­ing that the badly-placed head­line painted a poor image of Mus­lims, as though those per­form­ing the prayers were ter­ror­ists.

Yes­ter­day, In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said p olice had also opened in­ves­ti­ga­tion pa­pers un­der the Sedi­tion Act and Pe­nal Code against the news­pa­per.

He said police had re­ceived re­ports lodged over the is­sue.

“We will call in those who were re­spon­si­ble for the front page and in­ves­ti­gate why the pub­li­ca­tion put such a head­line and a pic­ture of Mus­lims per­form­ing

ter­awih prayers.”

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