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Publishing License denied for Makkal Osai

Contributed by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 16 @ 10:17:39 CDT

Tamil Dailies
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Malaysian authorities today denied renewal of publishing license for a popular Tamil daily, Makkal Osai, which has been providing wide coverage for the opposition party People Alliance (Pakatan Rakyat) and its advisor Anwar Ibrahim. According to sources, no reason was given for the refusal. The daily’s license expired on 15th. October, last year but was allowed to continue publishing with an understanding expecting it toe the line. This is not the first time for Makkal Osai, owned by S. Subramaniam, former Malaysian Indian Congress deputy President, getting into trouble. The daily has previously been suspended and often critical of MIC President Samy Vellu.

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Tamil Makkalosai suspended for a week - beginning of crackdown post-March 8? April 16th, 2008 Popular Tamil daily, Tamil Makkalosai, has been suspended for a week by none other than the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar himself for giving too much coverage of Pakatan Rakyat news. With immediate effect, Tamil Makkalosai will not appear in the streets until next week, awaiting the fate of its appeal to the Home Minister. Is this the first sign of repression and crackdown on human rights and the little space opening up in the printed media after the March 8 “political tsunami”? It is clear that the decision to stop the publication of Tamil Makkalosai, which is still awaiting for its KDN this year, has got the “green-light” from the Cabinet meeting this morning. Why did the Ministers, particularly from Umno and other Barisan Nasional component parties, particularly from the MIC, who have promised to end their subsidiary and subservient role in Cabinet , agreed to such a repressive measure as to immediately close down Tamil Makkalosai? *************



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