Malaysia: Popular English daily "New Straits Times" has withdrawn the columns of social activist Zainah Anwar

Reporters Without Borders / Sisters in Islam
Women's rights activist Zainah Anwar and writer-filmmaker Amir Muhammad have been suddenly cancelled.
Reporters Without Borders is worried about the English-language New Straits Times newspaper’s decision to fire two of its best-known columnists, Muslim women’s rights activist Zainah Anwar and writer and filmmaker Amir Muhammad. In her last column, on 27 July, Anwar urged the government to respect press freedom so that mainstream journalism "remains a credible source of information in the face of challenges from new media."
Muhammad, who defied the censors by publishing the full version of his columns on his blog (, had been writing for the newspaper since last year. His last column appeared on 2 August. In response to a query from the Centre for Independent Journalism, a Malaysian NGO, a New Straits Times spokesperson said the two columnists were dropped because of a lack of space.

Source: Reporters Without Borders

21 August 2007