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Malaysia is 'silencing media' says wanted UK-based editor

  • 5 August 2015
  • From the section Asia
A tourist reads a Malaysian newspaper with reports about the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in eastern Ukraine, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, on July 19, 2014 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Ms Rewcastle-Brown's Sarawak Report, which was blocked in Malaysia, has published multiple articles on corruption allegations linked to PM Najib Razak

A UK-based editor has accused Malaysia of "silencing free media" after it issued a warrant for her arrest.

Clare Rewcastle-Brown's Sarawak Report website has published multiple articles on corruption allegations linked to Malaysian PM Najib Razak.

Malaysian police said Ms Rewcastle-Brown was engaging in "activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy" and disseminating false reports.

Mr Najib was cleared of wrongdoing by a corruption agency force this week.

The agency said hundreds of millions of dollars found in Mr Najib's personal accounts were not from the 1MDB state investment fund he had set up, but were donations.

It did not disclose who the donations were from or what they were for.

The Sarawak Report website was recently blocked in Malaysia.

Ms Rewcastle-Brown, who lives in London, told Channel News Asia that several newspapers had been shut down and journalists arrested.

"They are trying to arrest me for some kind of action against democracy, which is ironic given that it is the Malaysian government which has been taking actions against democracy by silencing free media," she said.

But she said she did not think Malaysian authorities would be able to extradite her.

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