The Malaysian police conducted a search at Al Yazira’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday and confiscated two computers, which the Qatar chain saw as an attack on freedom of expression.
Al Yazira has stated that the raid is part of a larger “riot” and “defamation” investigation against seven journalists after a report on the treatment of migrant workers by the Malaysian authorities was released irregularly during the coronavirus pandemic on July 3 .
“Al Yazira urges the Malaysian authorities to end their criminal investigation against our journalists,” said Giles Trendle, Al Yazira’s direct manager in English, in a statement.
The pan-Arab network has emphasized that it is not only an attack against it, but “against freedom of expression in general”. “Searching our offices and taking computers with us is a worrying escalation of the authorities against the press,” he warned.