Malaysian authorities just shut down two newspapers for doing their job: investigating a possible $1.8 billion scam. Citizens have a right to know — let’s sound the alarm on this attack on press freedom!
Earlier this month, bank accounts linked to Prime Minister Razak were frozen as part of an investigation into accusations that he was pocketing money intended for national development. Whether or not the allegations turn out to be true, silencing journalists when they raise uncomfortable questions isn’t the way to address the issue. An independent public inquiry can shed light on the case. And with people already planning to take to the streets over the issue, a massive call from citizens could make it happen.
That’s where Avaaz members in Malaysia come in. If everyone joins the call to protect press freedom and the country’s resources — and then uses email or social media to recruit just one friend to join in — we can create a call too loud to ignore. Sign now:
It seems absurd that the papers that raised the alarm are the first ones to suffer. Citizens want to know what their government is up to — and be able to build an informed opinion, especially with allegations of this magnitude.
It’s a knee-jerk reaction, and Malaysia can do much better — by opening a public enquiry and stopping censorship in its tracks.
If enough of us show that we are watching, we can pile on pressure to ensure a swift and truly independent inquiry. Sign now and share this campaign with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and everywhere else:
Avaaz members across the world have called out corruption from Brazil to India — and won! And hundreds of thousands of us have stood up for brave whistleblowers, journalists and press freedom. Now let’s come together for Malaysia.
Antonia, Danny, Rowena, Daniel, Luis and the whole Avaaz team
Malaysia Orders Suspension of Two Publications (WSJ)
Malaysia Suspends 2 Newspapers Covering Scandal at State-Owned Fund (New York Times)
The Scandal That Ate Malaysia (Bloomberg)
Najib Razak’s links to Malaysia fund need transparency (Financial Times)