Malaysia mulls action against Australian journalists

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Kuala Lumpur, March 29 (IANS) Malaysian authorities are considering action against two journalists from an Australian news organisation which recently broadcast a documentary on the Southeast Asian country.

Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamad on Tuesday said the two journalists — Linton Besser and videographer Louie Eroglu from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Four Corners current news programme – were recently detained in Sarawak state for trying to question Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, the Malaysian Star reported.

“They tried to question Najib without a permit, so after this, we will take appropriate action,” Nur said.

“It is convenient that they are now overseas. If they come here, we will decide. Let them come here first.”

The Four Corners episode aired on Monday focused on alleged financial scandals linked to Prime Minister Najib.

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Levent and Besser were arrested on March 12. They were investigated for obstructing a public servant in discharging his public functions, but prosecutors decided not to charge them.

The duo were deported on March 15.

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