About 200 members of the Red Shirts movement staged a protest today at Malaysiakini’s office here, demanding for the news portal to be shut down.
More are expected to join the demonstration by the pro-government movement later.
The Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) have set up a barricade right in front of the office’s entrance. The police have also set up checkpoints at adjacent roads leading to the office.
The Red Shirts movement is protesting following allegations that Malaysiakinireceived foreign funding from American billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF).
The foundation has been accused of planning an overthrow of the Malaysian government. But OSF has denied the allegation and insisted that the money it provides to Malaysian civil society is to “support democratic practice”.
Malaysiakini has confirmed that it received an OSF grant which it used to produce the Realiti Sarawak and Sekilas Bumi Kenyalang programmes under its video arm, KiniTV, but said it only constituted a small portion of its revenue and that its funding comes from subscribers, advertisements and donors.
Source : RAM ANAND@The Malay Mail Online