Last week police swooped on the offices of a Malaysian news website The Malaysian Insider, seizing mobile phones, computers and arresting three editors over an inaccurate news report.
The following day The Malaysian Insider CEO and the chief editor of its parent publication were also arrested. Police have said all five will be charged under the colonial-era Sedition Act, which carries up to three years’ imprisonment.
The arrests come amid a broad and unprecedented crackdown on Malaysia’s opposition movement. More than 150 activists, opposition politicians and lawyers have been arrested this year alone either under the Sedition or thePeaceful Assembly Act, which imposes strict regulations on public protesting.