Govt practising ‘doublespeak’ by acting against Al Jazeera, says MP

DAP's Kluang MP Wong Shu Qi has slammed the government for its 'doublespeak' after a minister said it is committed to protect media freedom while also taking action against Al Jazeera for a documentary that depicted the government unfavourably. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, August 5, 2020.

COMMUNICATIONS and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah is practising “doublespeak” by saying the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government protects media freedom while using the National Film Development Corporation (Finas) Act against broadcaster Al Jazeera, a DAP lawmaker said.

Kluang MP Wong Shu Qi said Saifuddin had clearly admitted in Dewan Rakyat yesterday that the Finas Act was used against the Qatar-owned news organisation because its documentary Locked up in Malaysia’s Lockdown had offended the government.

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