KUALA LUMPUR — July 10, 2020: Aljazeera has defended its recent documentary on Malaysia’s treatment of migrant workers, which the government criticised to be inaccurate and misleading.
Aljazeera’s statement released via its portal last night maintained as accurate the content of its 101 East documentary titled “Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown”.
The satellite news and current affairs broadcaster also mentioned about its staff in Malaysia being subjected to sustained online abuse, including death threats and disclosure of their personal details.
“Aljazeera calls on the Malaysian authorities to respect media freedom and desist from treating its journalists as criminals,” it said.
Aljazeera also insisted that the documentary strictly reflects the views and experiences of a wide range of people from different backgrounds, adding that its journalists repeatedly tried to interview ministers and officials but their requests were not entertained.
The network pointed out that the documentary captured events, including immigration raids, which unfolded during the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia.
It asked Malaysia not to initiate criminal investigations into its professional and impartial journalism, adding that it is prepared to highlight the government’s response to issues raised in the documentary.
The 25-minute documentary was aired on July 3.
On July 6, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob demanded that Aljazeera apologise to Malaysians for producing a documentary that alleged racism and unequal treatment towards illegal immigrants.