Behave like civilised people, say foreign correspondents
Foreign correspondents in Malaysia have condemned police action against the Malaysian Insider and said there was no justification for the arrests of three Malaysian Insider editors, their chief, and their publisher.
“It is of great concern that the police are applying ‘preventive measures’ to reporters, as if they were terrorists,” the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Malaysia said in a statement.
The FCC urged the government and the police to behave like civilised people instead of using brute force. The authorities should replace “misplaced brute force” with “proactive civil methods”.
The FCC said the use of the Sedition Act and the Communications Act was a form of intimidation to curb freedom of expression, it said. “Authorities must ask if they are cracking down on alleged sedition or merely “bad” reporting?” adding that the journalists need not be detained because they were not flight risks.
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