Malaysian news website editors released, 2 execs jailed overnight

Malaysian news website editors released, 2 execs jailed overnight
Newsmen nabbed: Morais (left), Zulkifli (middle) and Amin (right) being led out by police from The Malaysian Insider's office in Mutiara Damansara.

KUALA LUMPUR - The three The Malaysian Insider (TMI) editors stepped out of the Dang Wangi police headquarters on Tuesday night after more than 24 hours since their detention.

The Malaysian Insider managing editor Lionel Morais, Bahasa Malaysia features and analysis editor Zulkifli Sulong and Bahasa Malaysia news editor Amin Iskandar were released from police custody at Dang Wangi police headquarters at about 6.20pm to the cheers from supporters after their remand order was rejected by the magistrate.

However, the three TMI editors were brought back up to give their statements after signing the release forms and only stepped out from the police station at 9pm, Tuesday.

"On behalf of of TMI, I would like to thank everybody for coming here. It just goes to show how as journalists, we stand united," said Morais.

"We are professionals who try do the best they can and be as accurate as possible," he said when asked about the article.

According to Morais, they have been treated fairly by police.

The trio were arrested during a raid at the portal's office in Mutiara Damansara on Monday.

The Edge's publisher Ho Kay Tat and The Malaysian Insider's chief executive officer Jahabar Sadiq, who were arrested on Tuesday morning, are still in police custody and will be detained overnight at the Dang Wangi police headquarters.

Lawyer Syahredzan Johan tweeted that their remand hearing will be at 10.30am on Wednesday.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) have also recorded statements from a TMI Bahasa sub-editor, IT staff, the human resource manager and a reporter who translated the original story from Bahasa Malaysia to English.

The five were arrested under the Sedition Act over an article that was published on March 25.

The portal had uploaded an article saying that the Conference of Rulers had rejected proposed amendmentsm to the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 during a meeting on March 11.

The article, which quoted sources, had said that the rejection of the amendments to the Federal Act were made at a meeting which was attended by all Malay Rulers or their representatives.

But last week, it was reported that the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad had denied issuing any statement on hudud in Kelantan and had lodged a police report to seek a police investigation into the matter.

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