Al Jazeera under probe for sedition, says top cop

A documentary on Malaysia’s treatment of its migrants has landed Al Jazeera in a sedition investigation. (Reuters pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Top cop Abdul Hamid Bador today said satellite broadcaster Al Jazeera would be investigated for sedition, among others, over its report on undocumented migrants in the country during the Covid-19 outbreak.

“It is being probed for several offences under the Penal Code, including sedition,” he told reporters after the launch of the National Census Day here.

He added that personnel from the broadcaster would be called in for questioning soon.

Police yesterday said they had begun investigations into Al Jazeera following a report lodged by the immigration department.

The news channel had broadcast a 25-minute report titled “Locked up in Malaysia’s Lockdown” on its 101 East programme last Friday.

Hamid said the video alleged that Malaysia had discriminated against illegal immigrants. He also said it was inaccurate.

Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob meanwhile said Al Jazeera should apologise to the people while Health Minister Dr Adham Baba said the allegations were baseless.

Immigration director-general Khairul Dzaimee Daud warned that foreign nationals would have their passes revoked for inaccurate statements aimed at damaging the country’s image.

Hamid today said the probe was underway as reports had been lodged.

He said several of these had been made although he was unsure of the exact number.

“It is the responsibility of the police to investigate and determine if there are any seditious elements or wrongdoing,” he added.

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