A court ruling is seen as a win for independent media in Malaysia
Malaysia’s appeals court ruled that popular news portal Malaysiakini, which is often critical of government policies, has the right to publish a print edition. The government had argued that another print daily in an already-crowded newspaper industry might confuse readers. While Malaysia’s constitution gives citizens the right to freedom of speech, it imposes limits with harsh punishments. News outlets, such as Malaysiakini, have emerged as important sources of information in a country of 28 million where nearly two-thirds of the population has access to the Internet, writes Abhrajit Gangopadhyay.
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