Home Minister ordered to pay damages to The Edge over suspension order

Source: The Malay Mail Online

One of the 1MDB reports that the The Edge Financial Daily had carried. This was on the front page of its July 20, 2015 copy.

One of the 1MDB reports that the The Edge Financial Daily had carried. This was on the front page of its July 20, 2015 copy.

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30— The Court of Appeal today ordered Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and the ministry’s secretary-general to pay damages for the suspension order issued on The Edge Communications Sdn Bhd last year over its 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) reports.

According to news portal Malaysiakini, a three-member bench led by Justice Datuk Mohd Zawawi Mohd Salleh dismissed the appeal by the Home Ministry on the sum of damages in which senior federal counsel Alice Loke had submitted The Edge was not entitled to.

Today’s unanimous decision also saw the court accepting the submission by counsel Darryl Goon representing The Edge that damages can be awarded based on Order 53(5) of the Rules of Court.

“We are not with you (Loke) and we have to dismiss the appeal. The respondents have passed the threshold (in the award of damages) under Order 53(5).

“No order is made as to costs,” Justice Zawawi reportedly said.

Both parties would now need to refer back to High Court for the assessment of damages.

On September 21 last year, the Kuala Lumpur High Court quashed the Home Ministry’s three-month suspension order on The Edge Financial Daily and The Edge Weekly over 1MDB reports. Read more

Mahkamah tolak permohonan KDN hentikan penerbitan Edge

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Permohonan Kementerian Dalam Negeri menghalang The Edge Weekly dan The Edge Financial Daily daripada diterbitkan semula sehingga kes rayuannya selesai ditolak Mahkamah Tinggi, hari ini. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 13 Oktober, 2015.

Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur hari ini menolak permohonan Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) untuk menghalang The Edge Weekly dan The Edge Financial Daily daripada diterbitkan semula, sehingga kes rayuannya selesai.

Peguam Kanan Persekutuan Alice Loke Yee Ching berkata Hakim Datuk Asmabi Mohamad juga berkata tidak ada keadaan khas untuk membenarkan penangguhan.

“Hakim berkata penerbit tidak boleh dilucutkan daripada hasil kejayaan litigasi mereka,” katanya kepada wartawan di luar mahkamah, hari ini.

Loke berkata hakim juga berpendapat tidak ada keburukan yang akan berlaku jika penerbitan kedua-dua akhbar itu disambung semula.

Asmabi menyampaikan keputusannya itu di dalam kamar, kata Loke.

Hakim juga memerintahkan kos RM4,000 kepada penerbit, The Edge Communications Sdn Bhd.

Loke berkata, kementerian itu boleh meneruskan rayuannya di Mahkamah Rayuan walaupun penggantungan 3 bulan akhbar itu tamat pada 26 Oktober. Read more

Uphold Malaysians’ fundamental rights – Suhakam

Source: The Malaysian Insider

SUHAKAMThe Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) expresses serious concern over the recent series of attempts and measures taken by the authorities in the wake of the still-unfolding and unresolved national controversy affecting the country, by restricting and limiting the fundamental rights of Malaysians. This includes the freedom of movement, freedom of expression, freedom of information and press freedom among others.

The commission is also deeply concerned at the various forms of discrimination by the authorities against people based on their political affiliations.

The commission is appalled at the methods employed by the authorities to manage this controversy, and in particular deplores the decision of the Home Ministry to impose a three-month suspension of the publishing permits of two business newspapers owned by The Edge Media Group, purportedly for publishing articles on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which it deemed to be prejudicial to public order and national interests. Read more

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

KDN suspends The Edge Weekly and Daily for 3 months over 1MDB reporting

Source: The Edge Markets

One of the 1MDB reports that the The Edge Financial Daily had carried. This was on the front page of its July 20, 2015 copy.

One of the 1MDB reports that the The Edge Financial Daily had carried. This was on the front page of its July 20, 2015 copy.

KUALA LUMPUR (July 24): The Malaysian Home Ministry (Kementrian Dalam Negeri – KDN) has suspended the publishing permit of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily for three months from July 27.

A letter from KDN stated that 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”.

Failure to stop publication for three months will result in the withdrawal of the publishing permits, the KDN letter said. Read more