Malaysian news site fined $123,000 over reader comments amid press freedom fears

Malaysian news site fined $123,000 over reader comments amid press freedom fears

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News site Malaysiakini attracts large fine over five remarks posted by readers that the court said undermined confidence in the judiciary

Malaysia’s highest court has found a popular news portal in contempt of court over comments posted by readers deemed offensive to the judiciary, in a case widely seen as a test of media freedom in the South-east Asian nation.

Malaysia’s attorney-general filed an application last year to cite Malaysiakini and editor-in-chief Steven Gan for contempt of court over five comments posted by readers on its website that it said undermined public confidence in the judiciary.

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