'Defamation suit against Malaysiakini does not undermine commitment towards media freedom'

'Defamation suit against Malaysiakini does not undermine commitment towards media freedom'

PETALING JAYA - The defamation case against online portal Malaysiakini does not undermine Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razk's commitment towards online media freedom, said a statement released by Putrajaya on Wednesday.

"Malaysia has a free and open online media.

"News portals frequently criticise both the Prime Minister and the Government, and engage in robust political debate," the statement said.

The PM's legal team, following two defamatory articles published by Malaysiakini, had requested for an apology and removal of the news pieces.

"Malaysiakini refused, and instead published the private legal letter and further articles," the statement said.

The articles titled 'A case of the PM reaping what he sows' and 'How much will Najib spend to keep Terengganu?' published by Malaysiakini were based on readers comments were deemed false and defamatory by the legal team.

The statement emphasised that the PM will stand by his commitment towards media freedom.

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