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Malaysia turns screw on media as politics realign

KUALA LUMPUR -- It was a brief, sudden goodbye. With its website blocked by the government since late February, hard-hitting news service The Malaysian Insider announced on March 14 that it would cease to publish on the same day.

     "The Edge Media Group has decided to shut down The Malaysian Insider from midnight today, for commercial reasons," wrote the editor, Jahabar Sadiq, in a notice posted on the publication's website, which had been blocked because of its reports on corruption allegations against Prime Minister Najib Razak. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission said The Malaysian Insider's reporting broke the law as it amounted to "improper use of network facilities or network service."

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