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Malaysia in transition

Mahathir moves to free Malaysian media from political parties

PM considers limiting party stakes to 10% to ensure freedom of expression

A large proportion of Malaysian media are controlled by political parties. (Photo by CK Tan)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Friday political parties that controlled media companies could have their stakes reduced to ensure press freedom.

The majority of the country's mainstream media, both print and broadcast, are controlled by political parties in opposition, including the United Malays National Organization, the party of former Prime Minister Najib Razak which held power until the election in May.

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