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We're going black for The Edge

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Modified 3 Aug 2015, 5:58 am

The Malaysiakini website is going black for 24 hours today to protest the Home Ministry's three-month suspension of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily .

This is also in support of the #AtTheEdge campaign, which seeks to lift the suspension, as well as the Internet block on whistleblower site Sarawak Report .

The campaign also demands that the government respects the right of Malaysians to information about the debt-riddled sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

"Malaysians have a right to know how 1MDB racked up RM42 billion in debts.

"We also have a right to an explanation about how RM2.67 billion allegedly found its way to the bank accounts of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak - where it came from and what he did with the money - issues which have been publicly raised and remain unanswered.

"Muzzling The Edge and blocking Sarawak Report prevents citizens from their right to seek information from various sources and formulate their opinion on these important questions," said the #AtTheEdge campaign committee in its initial call to arms.

Besides clamping down on the news organisation, the government is also encroaching on social media, with the prime minister declaring there will be tighter laws against what he called "unfair' netizens.

Media groups will be holding a rally on Aug 8 to show solidarity with The Edge .

The rally is being backed by the members of public and civil society in Kuala Lumpur, but the exact location is yet to be finalised.

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