Penggantungan The Edge sahkan sangkaan wujud rasuah skala besar, kata Hakam

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Presiden Hakam Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan berkata, penggantungan permit The Edge dan The Edge Financial Daily adalah percubaan terang-terangan menutup wacana awam yang amat diperlukan rakyat. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 25 Julai, 2015.

Presiden Hakam Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan berkata, penggantungan permit The Edge dan The Edge Financial Daily adalah percubaan terang-terangan menutup wacana awam yang amat diperlukan rakyat. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 25 Julai, 2015.

Keengganan Putrajaya menjawab tuduhan yang dibuat terhadap syarikat sarat hutang 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) hanya mengesahkan syak wasangka rakyat mengenai wujudnya rasuah pada skala besar, kata Persatuan Kebangsaan Hak Asasi Manusia (Hakam) mengutuk penggantungan The Edge dan The Edge Financial Daily oleh Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN).

Presiden Hakam Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan berkata, penggantungan tiga bulan bagi kedua-dua penerbitan itu satu percubaan terang-terangan menutup wacana awam yang amat diperlukan berhubung satu isu penting – berbilion ringgit wang pembayar cukai sedang disalurkan keluar.

Beliau menegaskan, laman web Sarawak Report juga disekat kerana sebab yang sama, dan berkata kerajaan tidak boleh dibiarkan berselindung di bawah kewajaran “ketenteraman awam”, yang menurutnya “jelas tidak terpakai” dalam kes ini.

“Kerajaan seharusnya menggalakkan pemberi maklumat dan bekerjasama membongkar kebenaran, bukan menutup mulut mereka.

“Apabila kerajaan melakukan sebaliknya dalam menghadapi skandal rasuah, kerajaan sendiri yang sebenarnya menjejaskan ‘kepentingan awam dan negara’,” kata Ambiga dalam satu kenyataan hari ini. Read more

The Edge shutdown confirms suspicion of large-scale graft, says human rights body

Source: The Malaysian Insider

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Hakam president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan says the government should encourage whistle-blowers and cooperate to seek the truth, not to silence them. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 25, 2015.

Putrajaya’s unwillingness to answer allegations on debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB)  only affirms the people’s suspicion of  large-scale corruption, the National Human Rights Society (Hakam) said  in condemning  the suspension of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily by the Home Ministry.

Hakam president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said the three-month suspension of both two publications was another blatant attempt to shut down much-needed public discourse on an important issue that billions of ringgit of taxpayers’ money was siphoned off.

She said the Sarawak Report website was also blocked for the same reasons, adding that the government should not be allowed to hide under the arbitrary notion of “public order”, which she said “clearly did not apply”.

“The government should instead encourage whistle-blowers and cooperate to seek the truth, not to silence them.

“When the government does otherwise in the face of corruption scandals, it is the government that is truly jeopardising ‘public and national interests’,” Ambiga said in a statement today. Read more

STATEMENT: On the Suspension of The Edge

STATEMENT DATED 25 July 2015 pdf
ON THE SUSPENSION OF THE EDGE

Screenshot of The Malaysian Insider's story "The Edge weekly, daily suspended for 3 months from July 27" published on 24 July 2015

Screenshot of The Malaysian Insider’s story “The Edge weekly, daily suspended for 3 months from July 27” published on 24 July 2015

 

HAKAM strongly condemns the Home Ministry’s suspension of the publishing permits of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily for 3 months starting next Monday.

According to news sources [1] [2], the Home Ministry’s reason for this decision was because the two publications’ reporting of 1MDB were “prejudicial or likely to be prejudicial to public order, security or likely to alarm public opinion or is likely to be prejudicial to public and national interest”.

This is another blatant attempt to shut down much-needed public discourse on an issue as important as billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money being siphoned off. When the government is unwilling to answer these allegations and instead chooses to shut down the media, this only affirms the public’s suspicion of large-scale corruption. Read more