March 23, 2009 By NURUL AIN HUSSEIN
KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry has suspended PKR’s newsletter Suara Keadilan and PAS’s newsletter Harakah for three months, effective immediately, its minister Datuk Sri Syed Hamid Albar confirmed Monday.
"Its true we suspended the two newsletters from today. We do not wish to restrict press freedom in this country but they were still publishing untrue stories after they were given warnings," he said.
He said the two newsletters had run stories that questioned the position of the Rulers and a number of other stories that were sensational and likely to confuse people in a multi-racial country.
With the suspension, both newspapers can only again at the end of June, missing a number of key political events and developments including the three by-elections on April 7.
Meanwhile, Tian Chua, PKR's information chief, said that Suara Keadilan received notice of the suspension on Monday.
"However, no reason was stated," he said.