Kuala Lumpur, July 25
Malaysian authorities mentioned Saturday they detained a Bangladeshi man and can deport him for criticising the federal government over its remedy of undocumented immigrants in a documentary by information broadcaster Al-Jazeera.
Mohamad Rayhan Kabir has been on the run after police launched an investigation within the July three documentary following complaints that it was inaccurate and biased. Al-Jazeera has defended its journalism.
The Immigration Department mentioned Rayhan, 25, was arrested by its intelligence unit on Friday. The division had earlier revoked his work allow.
“This Bangladeshi national will be deported and blacklisted from entering Malaysia forever,” immigration Director-General Khairul Dzaimee Daud mentioned in a quick assertion.
The documentary, titled ‘Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown’, investigated undocumented immigrants it mentioned had been in danger throughout the coronavirus pandemic. More than 2,000 migrant employees had been arrested throughout raids in areas in Kuala Lumpur that had been positioned beneath tight virus lockdowns.
The Daily Star newspaper in Bangladesh quoted Rayhan Kabir as saying in a WhatsApp message shortly earlier than he was arrested that he didn’t commit any crime.
“I did not lie. I have only talked about discrimination against the migrants. I want the dignity of migrants and my country ensured. I believe all migrants and Bangladesh will stand with me.” Police have grilled a gaggle of reporters and employees from Al-Jazeera and mentioned they might submit their findings to prosecutors for additional motion. Authorities additionally mentioned Al-Jazeera failed to use for a license earlier than capturing the documentary, however the broadcaster mentioned it didn’t want one.
Al-Jazeera has referred to as for the proper to report freely with out intimidation and urged Malaysia to drop the felony investigation.
Rights activists have voiced concern over a clampdown on freedom of speech and media independence beneath new Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who took energy in March.
Satellite tv supplier Astro was not too long ago fined by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission for airing an Al-Jazeera documentary in 2015 over the 2006 homicide of a Mongolian lady that allegedly contained “offensive content”. Former Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose long-ruling social gathering was ousted in 2018 polls however made a comeback as a part of the brand new authorities, was implicated within the homicide. He is at the moment on trial on corruption prices.
Popular on-line information portal Malaysiakini and its editor face uncommon contempt proceedings from the legal professional normal over feedback posted by readers towards the judiciary. Police additionally questioned an activist a couple of social media submit alleging mistreatment of refugees at immigration detention centres.
A journalist from the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post was additionally questioned earlier about her reporting on migrant arrests. — AP