Malaysiakini has been denied media accreditation by Umno to cover the party's annual general meeting beginning today
At least six new media publications including Malaysiakini have been denied media accreditation by Umno to cover the party's annual general meeting beginning today.
No official reasons were given for the party's decision in denying official access to these news organisations to cover the five-day meet.
Apart from Malaysiakini, the other organisations denied official access are The Nut Graph, Malaysian Insider, Siasah, Merdeka Review and Chinese website Laksou.
Malaysiakini submitted its applications on Feb 27 and was unofficially informed yesterday that it would not be granted accreditation.
Officials at the party headquarters today informed Malaysiakini journalists that the decision to deny the official media tag was made at a higher level.
Umno executive secretary Husainy Hashim said Malaysiakini had been barred because the online website's coverage of previous party meetings was "not friendly
Apa yang nak terkejut dulu utusan pun pernah di halang untuk mengadakan liputan. Jika Malaysia kini pun dihalang. Apatah lagi kalau dilihat laporan Malaysiakini berbeza bagi setiap bahasa Melayu, Cina dan Inggeris bagi setiap isu yang dilaporkan.