Malaysia Newspaper Co. to shut down amid crackdown on illegal content
New media conglomerate New Media Co. (NTMC) is set to shut its doors, a move the government says is in the interests of national security.NTMC, a privately held company with offices in Singapore, Malaysia, and the United Arab Emirates, was formed in 2016 by two men.
The company was created to acquire, operate, and manage digital media outlets, including websites, blogs, and video streaming services.
The government of Prime Minister Najib Razak, which is under investigation for alleged ties to organized crime, has accused the company of facilitating and enabling the illegal online publishing of material that promotes violence, terrorism, corruption, and illegal activities, among other things.
Najib said that while the company’s operations were legal, its actions did not comply with the law.NTMCC’s chairman, Mr. Khalid Abu Bakar, said the government’s actions were unlawful and that the company will be taking legal action against the authorities for what he called an “unconstitutional” move.
The move follows a crackdown on websites that have published articles deemed to be illegal by the government.
The crackdown has led to online content being blocked, including a number of popular news websites, and users are being barred from accessing social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter.