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Communications Ministry to look into the Al Jazeera’s licence with Finas

PETALING JAYA – The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) is looking deep into the Al-Jazeera produced controversial documentary ‘Locked Up In Malaysia’s Lockdown’ on whether the Internation media were licensed by the National Film Development Corporation (Finas).

According to the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, The company and the team involved need to get an issued permit from National Film Development Corporation (Finas) to be able to produce documentaries in the country.

Information Department will also be checking on whether Al Jazeera met the accreditation in producing such documentaries. Saifuddin said that license from Finas is needed as producing documentaries without such license is considered an offense.

The KKMM Minister also reiterated that internation media found infringing accreditation will result to its cancellation when found guilty. With the revocation of accreditations, Al-Jazeera’s crews can’t go anywhere without media cards issued by the Information Department.

The controversial documentary produced by Al-Jazeera allegedly reported that Malaysia were mistreating the illegal immigrants in the country as they were implementation strict measures to curb the spread of the disease. The documentary sparked nationwide outrage from its citizens accusing the media network of ruining the image of the country. Police authorities interviewed a number of Al-Jazeera crew involved in the documentary to assist with the investigations.

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