The Edge Media Group has officially decided to shutdown their popular news portal The Malaysian Insider, effective tonight. Citing commercial reason themalaysianinsider.com will no longer be available from midnight today.
The Malaysian Insider began publishing on Feb 25, 2008 as a news portal which offers an unvarnished take on events and personalities in Malaysia. The website is edited and led by Jahabar Sadiq, who has worked as a journalist in Malaysia and the region since 1988.
On 25 February 2016, The Malaysian Insider was blocked by the country’s Internet regulatory body, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on grounds of national security following continuous publications of defamatory content.1
CEO and Chief Editor Jahabar Sadiq posted a heartfelt goodbye message to the readers of the blocked news portal at 11.58am today.
Goodbye readers from near and far, and those reading us in Malaysia despite the government block.
The Edge Media Group has decided to shut down The Malaysian Insider from midnight today, for commercial reasons. Perhaps it is fitting that we go offline at the start of the Ides of March.
I hope we have served you well since our first day of going live on February 25, 2008. And I hope others will continue to serve you in our absence.
We worked as impartial journalists to inform Malaysians and other readers so that they make informed decisions. We worked to make all voices heard in this marketplace of ideas.
But our work in The Malaysian Insider has now come to an end in a Malaysia that more than ever requires more clarity, transparency and information.
All said and done, I want to thank everyone of you in Malaysia, around the world, and those who have been with The Malaysian Insider from day one until now for your support, well wishes and criticism during these fantastic eight years and 18 days of The Malaysian Insider.
I won’t put down my pen, I won’t lay down my camera, I won’t shut up and I won’t be blinkered or turn a deaf ear to what goes on in Malaysia and the world. And I urge all of you to do the same.
And I shall always be the biggest fan of this news portal called The Malaysian Insider.
* Jahabar Sadiq runs The Malaysian Insider until tonight.
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