Ministry: Suspension not linked to story on Najib

PETALING JAYA - Weekly newspaper The Heat was suspended because it had violated provisions mandated under its printing permit, said the Home Ministry.

A ministry spokesman told the Wall Street Journal that the suspension was not linked to a recent story the newspaper ran on expenditures incurred by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

"Any accusations to the contrary are without merit," he said.

Meanwhile, a group of journalists from major news portals along with several community activists formed the Movement of Angry Media (Geramm) on Friday to protest The Heat's suspension.

Its member Radzi Razak said the group wanted to show solidarity and support for its industry colleagues working at the weekly.

Geramm is urging the ministry to cancel any action against The Heat as well as give an open apology to the weekly and all media practitioners and media users for its action.

National Union of Journalists president Chin Sung Chew earlier slammed the decision, saying the indefinite suspension went against democratic principles.

The Heat's sister publication The Ant Daily, a news portal, announced the suspension order on Thursday.

It said The Heat would not be published on Dec 21 and had two weeks to reply to the show-cause letter.