The Edge seeks judicial review to overturn Malaysian government's printing ban

Home Ministry suspended The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily for three months over its reports of state investment fund scandal

The Edge has called for the case to be heard as quickly as possible
The Edge has called for the case to be heard as quickly as possible

MALAYSIA: The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily have filed an application at Kuala Lumpur High Court to seek a Judicial Review of the Home Ministry's decision to suspend their printing permits.

These were suspended by the government for three months because of reports they carried about the debt-laden 1MDB state investment fund scandal, which has engulfed prime minister Najib Razak.

Yesterday, PRWeek Asia reported how one PR MD said the ban was a blow to country's comms industry: "The ban on The Edge affects us all immensely as we have just lost a platform and medium of information, independent research and expression of free speech, especially so because to a large extent, The Edge represents the voice of the corporate, private-sector market in Malaysia," said Pi PR's Lee Ting Ting.

A statement released by the the two titles said: "We have requested that the application be heard on an urgent basis. We are unable to provide a copy of the Affidavit of our application until the case is heard.

"Given the urgency and public interest, we hope the Court will grant us a date very soon."

A number of online petitions and social media campaigns have been launched in support of the titles, with a Facebook page ' Malaysians stand in solidarity with The Edge" receiving over 8,000 likes.

Facebook page "Malaysians stand in solidarity with The Edge" was - See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/online-petition-demands-authorities-stop-punishing-the-edge-sarawak-report#sthash.PaCMUpg9.dpuf
Facebook page "Malaysians stand in solidarity with The Edge" - See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/online-petition-demands-authorities-stop-punishing-the-edge-sarawak-report#sthash.PaCMUpg9.dpuf
Facebook page "Malaysians stand in solidarity with The Edge" - See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/online-petition-demands-authorities-stop-punishing-the-edge-sarawak-report#sthash.PaCMUpg9.dpuf

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