Malasia - Dismissal of union official of the Malaysian newspaper Utusan Malaysia (2012)

On 21 April, Malaysian newspaper Utusan Malaysia (UM) dismissed senior journalist and President of the National Union of Journalists Malaysia (NUJ M), affiliated to the International Federation of Journalist (IFJ), Mr. Ha’ta Wahari, after suspending him on 11 January. The newspaper dismissed Wahari on charges of tarnishing the newspaper’s image when he publicly expressed concerns about the newspaper’s biased news coverage. UM is owned by UMNO, the dominant political party in Malaysia’s ruling coalition.

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