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.