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Malaysian authorities block news site Sarawak Report

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has blocked online news site Sarawak Report in Malaysia.

According to The Malaysian Insider, the commission said the decision was made because of “complaints from the public”.

The site was blocked under Section 211 and Section 233 of the MCMC Act. “The site has displayed information that is yet to be verified, and information that is still under investigation,” MCMC said in the article.

However, the site remains accessible via servers across the world.

Sarawak Report’s Facebook page has put up instructions on how users can still access the site:

You can continue to access Sarawak Report by downloading TOR (torproject.org) or by changing your DNS.

Posted by Sarawak Report on Sunday, July 19, 2015

The news site has also released a statement in response to the government’s blocking of its content:

Sarawak Report has learnt that the so-called Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has taken action …

Posted by Sarawak Report on Sunday, July 19, 2015

The whistle-blower site is based in London and was founded by investigative journalist Clare Rewcastle Brown to initially write about the practices of the Sarawak state government and its former chief minister, Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud. The site has since grown to cover political news in Malaysia.

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