Al Jazeera denies top cop’s claim it was informed of raid

The Al Jazeera office in Kuala Lumpur was raided by police on Tuesday as part of their investigation into the documentary ‘Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown’. (Reuters pic)

PETALING JAYA: Al Jazeera, which is being probed over a documentary on the treatment of migrants in Malaysia during lockdown, denied a claim by the nation’s top cop that it was informed about Tuesday’s police raid.

“Al Jazeera states that we received no prior notice of the police raid,” the Qatar-based satellite channel said in a tweet.

Yesterday, Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said Al Jazeera staff were informed earlier of their intent to “be there”.

“They were even asked which devices were used,” he was quoted by AFP as saying when claiming that the search by police and communication ministry officials were carried out professionally.

On Tuesday, police raided Al Jazeera’s office and seized computers as part of an investigation into a documentary titled “Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown”.

The 25-minute documentary, broadcasted on Al Jazeera’s “101 East” programme on July 3, reported on an operation against illegal immigrants which took place as Malaysia implemented restrictions on public activities to address the spread of Covid-19.

Al Jazeera’s journalists were also called up by police in their investigation for sedition, defamation and transmitting offensive content.

Police also raided the offices of Astro and UnifiTv for broadcasting the documentary.