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KUALA LUMPUR, July 21, 2015:

MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai came forward today defending the Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for barring access to news site, Sarawak Report (SR).

He said all parties must take responsibility for their content when it appears on the Internet.

“The media has the right and freedom to report the truth, but they are not free to fabricate news.

“It does not matter whether it is printed media or Sarawak Report, they must abide by ethics and professionalism and must be responsible for their reporting.

“For Sarawak Report, of course,it needs to clear its names in this issue if it truly did not fabricate the news,“ said Liow at a press conference at Wisma MCA today.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said yesterday the restrictions on the SR was a proactive measure by MCMC on the website which was believed to threaten the peace and stability of the country, if the information used by the site was not verified.

Ahmad Shabery added that he was informed that the blocking was a temporary measure until investigations were completed.

Previously, MCMC, through its Facebook page stated that SR was blocked after receiving numerous complaints from the public that the site was publishing false information.

“The website is blocked under under Section 211 and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998,” according to the post made by MCMC.

The posting also stated that access to the site would continue to be restricted until the investigations by the Special Task Force, investigating allegations towards 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), were completed.

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