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Malaysian police raid Al Jazeera in probe of report that angered govt

Malaysian police raid Al Jazeera in probe of report that angered govt

5/8/2020 9:36:00 AM

Malaysian police raid Al Jazeera in probe of report that angered govt

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police yesterday raided Al Jazeera's Kuala Lumpur office and seized computers as part of an investigation into a documentary about migrants that has angered the government, the broadcaster said. The authorities launched the probe...

Police did not respond to requests for comment.The Malaysian government has slammed the programme as misleading and inaccurate, and police are investigating the broadcaster for breaking laws against sedition, defamation and transmitting offensive content.

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Seven Al Jazeera journalists, including five Australians, were called in for questioning last month while a Bangladeshi migrant worker interviewed in the programme has been arrested.Police have insisted that the investigation will be fair, and the journalists are being questioned as witnesses rather than suspects.

NECESSARYThe authorities insist that the arrests in May of undocumented migrants were necessary to protect the public, although rights groups raised concerns that placing them in detention centres could increase the risk of coronavirus infection.Malaysia is home to large numbers of migrants from poorer countries, including Indonesia, Bangladesh and Myanmar, who work in industries ranging from manufacturing to agriculture. headtopics.com

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