One for all, all for one
Attack one of us and you attack us all. About 50 journalists, media people and supporters braved the drizzle in Kuala Lumpur for a vigil in support of five journalists and executives of Malaysia Insider arrested under the current government campaign to suppress critical voices.
They gathered outside Dang Wangi police headquarters from 7pm, holding candles and wearing yellow ribbons to symbolise press freedom.
Three Insider editors, Lionel Morais, Amin Iskandar and Zulkifli Sulong were freed at 8.20pm after being held in the lockup overnight. A magistrate had earlier on Monday refused a police application to remand them.
They said their arrests and detention was unacceptable. “We have cooperated since day one, I don’t think we should be here in the first place,” Amin said.
Insider chief executive Jahabar Sadiq and publisher Ho Kay Tat were still in custody pending a remand hearing today.
Media rights pressure group Gerakan Media Marah (Geramm) organised the vigil, the second night outside Dang Wangi. Among those present were journalists from The Star, New Straits Times, The Sun, The Edge, The Malay Mail Online, The Ant Daily, Malaysiakini, The Malaysian Insider, Berita Daily and The Rocket.
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