Several Al Jazeera journalists involved in a recent documentary about Malaysia’s treatment of undocumented workers during the coronavirus pandemic were questioned at the country’s police headquarters on Friday, as the network defended its journalism and expressed “deep concern” about the investigation.
The police have said they are investigating the staff about potential sedition, defamation and violation of the country’s Communications and Multimedia Act.
The short film on Al Jazeera’s 101 East documentary strand called Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown, was broadcast on July 3 and investigated the plight of thousands of undocumented migrant workers arrested during raids in areas under tight lockdowns.
Al Jazeera says it has serious concerns about developments that have occurred in Malaysia since the broadcast of its 101 East investigative documentary.
Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith has the details.