Malaysiakini fined RM500k for contempt, boss says it’s possibly an attempt to shut portal down

Published on 19 Feb 2021 2:24:56 PM

The Federal Court on Friday imposed a stunning fine of half a million ringgit on news portal Malaysiakini after finding it guilty of contempt of court over readers’ comments that criticised the judiciary in an article it posted in June last year.

Court of Appeal president Justice Rohana Yusuf said
it is not enough for Malaysiakini to leave it free and easy to online subscribers to say it cannot edit a comment once they are published.

“Ultimately, Malaysiakini is the owner of the portal. It has full control over what it has published,” she said.

After the court decision, Malaysiakini editor-in-chief said the hefty fine was not just to punish the portal but was also possibly an attempt to shut them down.