Posted by: becketfund | December 17, 2008

Malaysia: Denies Plan to Close Catholic Paper

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s government denied any plans to shut down The Herald, a Catholic newspaper, accused of running articles that were deemed insulting to Islam, thus flouting publication law, the AP reported on December 17. The Home Ministry sent a letter to the Herald’s publishers earlier this year warning that the newspaper had “committed offenses” by running articles on Malaysian politics and current affairs instead of Christian issues for which it has been given a license. The Herald was also accused of publishing an article that “could threaten public peace and national security” as it allegedly “denigrated Islamic teachings.” The Rev. Lawrence Andrew, editor of the Herald, said the Home Ministry has not renewed the paper’s license even though it submitted an application months ago, while in past years a license was typically issued far in advance. All Malaysian publications must renew their government license every year. The Herald acts as the main Roman Catholic weekly in Malaysia.

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