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.

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