Journos’ artistic step to help Merdeka Review

Racial Harmony

MalaysiaKini staff bid MR3,150 last week for this painting by their colleague, Penang-based reporter Susan Loone, who donated the painting to raise funds for the struggling news site Merdeka Review.

The site faces closure after their sponsors, a group of businessmen, withdrew support in what is believed to be an attempt to mollify critics of Merdeka Review’s coverage of China’s treatment of dissidient The backers are believed to be unhappy with recent coverage of China’s treatment of dissident writer Ai Weiwei (right) who disappeared two months ago after being detained by the authorities. The site had also ruffled feathers with coverage of events in Tibet. Continue reading

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Save Merdeka Review — public appeal

Chang Teck Peng, Chan Wei See, Lim Hong Siang, Chen Shaua Fui, Neo Chee Hua, Chan Kim Ming, Ong Vic Kee, Leong Khong, Saw Siow Feng, Jerry Kwan, Heng Sai Cheng

Merdeka Review staff are making a public appeal for funds to keep the site alive beyond the end of this month. About RM60,000 a month is needed.

In an appeal at the web site today, the staff said they did not wish to see their efforts at developing the site disappear into the void, and were committed to independent journalism for the betterment of society, especially in view of the current challenging political environment.

Save Merdeka Review!

  1. Donate to keep Merdeka Review going while the staff try to overcome the financial challenge
  2. Become a long-term sponsor of Merdeka Review or help to seek long-term sponsors
  3. Write articles for Merdeka Review (email: editorial_bm@merdekareview.com) or write in other media to support Merdeka Review’s efforts to continue
  4. Spread the word about Merdeka Review’s need for support

Donations to Merdeka Review bank accounts

Hong Leong Bank
Account: Merdeka Review Sdn. Bhd. (No: 04001025891)
EON Bank
Account: Merdeka Review Sdn. Bhd. (No: 0595110002973)
Maybank
Account: Merdeka Review Sdn. Bhd. (No: 514440123099)

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Merdeka Review faces closure as backers pull out

» Save Merdeka Review appeal

The Merdeka Review web site, run by a bunch of young, committed journalists, is facing the threat of closure at the end of this month after five years, and has made a public appeal for financial support. The site needs RM60,000 a month to continue operating.

The site’s backers, a group of veteran businessmen, told the staff a week or so ago that they should look for other means of financial support for the site, failing which the site would be closed.

The backers are believed to be unhappy with recent coverage of China’s treatment of dissident writer Ai Weiwei (right) who disappeared two months ago after being detained by Chinese authorities, and with Merdeka Review’s coverage of events in Tibet.

In an announcement this afternoon, Merdeka Review chief executive Ngeow Yin Ngee said efforts to obtain new sources of financing had failed, and the site would have to cease operations on May 31, two months short of its sixth anniversary.

Merdeka Review began as a Chinese-language news site in 2005 and started a Bahasa Malaysia section two years ago. The site tries to adopt a non-partisan approach to political news, and the young staff are firm believers in upholding the principles of press freedom and democracy, upholding human rights and defending liberty.

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