Al Jazeera journalists at Bukit Aman over migrants documentary

Al Jazeera staff at Bukit Aman this morning to give their statements to the police as part of a probe into a documentary which angered Putrajaya.

KUALA LUMPUR: Six employees of Al Jazeera arrived at the Bukit Aman police headquarters this morning, as police begin a probe into the satellite news channel over its documentary on Malaysia’s treatment of migrants.

They arrived with seven lawyers at 8.50am today.

Among them are producer Drew Ambrose, as well as journalists, videographers and editors who were involved in the 25-minute documentary, “Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown”, aired under the channel’s current affairs programme 101 East.

The report, on the authorities’ treatment of migrants under the movement control order (MCO) to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, sparked outrage from government leaders, with police reports filed against the Qatar-based news channel.

Immigration authorities have also launched a manhunt for a Bangladeshi worker featured in the report.

Bukit Aman’s Criminal Investigation Department yesterday said those involved in the documentary would be called up to give their statements.

Putrajaya has demanded Al Jazeera to apologise to Malaysians over the documentary, but the news channel yesterday stood by its journalists, saying the report was balanced despite failure to get government leaders’ response.

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera has also lodged a police report fearing for the safety of its staff.

“Al Jazeera will fully cooperate with the police in the investigation,” said lawyer Hisyam Teh Pok Teik, adding that he hoped there would not be further action against the journalists.

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