Malaysia media group loses bid to lift printing ban
Malaysia’s High Court on Friday dismissed a media group’s bid to lift a three-month publishing ban imposed by the government in response to its investigative reports on alleged financial irregularities linked to the prime minister.
The home ministry late last month suspended the publishing permits of The Edge Media Group, saying it was threatening “public order” with its reports on alleged fraud, mismanagement and misappropriation of funds involving state-owned investment company 1Malaysia Develop- ment Berhad (1MDB).
“We are disappointed and gravely concerned with the court’s decision today in dismissing our application for a stay (of the suspension),” the group said in a statement.
A full judicial review of the publishing ban, which affects The Edge Financial Daily and The Edge Weekly, is now set for September 7, it said.
Questions continue to swirl around the whereabouts of hundreds of millions of dollars of money from 1MDB, which Najib launched six years ago and retains close ties with.