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Malaysia: 'Red Shirts' protest alleged funding of media outlet by Soros group02:16

Malaysia: 'Red Shirts' protest alleged funding of media outlet by Soros group

Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
November 5, 2016 at 11:29 GMT -00:00 · Published

Several hundred members of the 'Red Shirts' movement held a protest in front of Malaysiakini's offices, in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, to call for the news portal's closure over allegations it received funding from an organisation linked to US billionaire-financier George Soros.

Protesters held banners and marched in opposition to the alleged funding, which they believe is being used to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak. Security forces set up a barricade in front of Malaysiakini's offices while police established checkpoints on roads leading to the protest area.

Leaked documents allegedly show that the Soros-founded Open Society Foundations (OSF) were funding local groups and media organisations to influence the 2018 general election. Malaysiakini was one of the companies linked to the alleged OSF funds. The OSF has denied it funded attempts to topple the government.

Malaysiakini reportedly confirmed that it received an OSF grant which it used to produce the Realti Sarawak and Sekilas Bumi Kenyalang programmes under its video arm, KiniTV. The news portal reportedly said the money comprised just a small portion of its revenue and that its main sources of funding come from subscribers and advertisements.

Malaysia: 'Red Shirts' protest alleged funding of media outlet by Soros group02:16
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Several hundred members of the 'Red Shirts' movement held a protest in front of Malaysiakini's offices, in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, to call for the news portal's closure over allegations it received funding from an organisation linked to US billionaire-financier George Soros.

Protesters held banners and marched in opposition to the alleged funding, which they believe is being used to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak. Security forces set up a barricade in front of Malaysiakini's offices while police established checkpoints on roads leading to the protest area.

Leaked documents allegedly show that the Soros-founded Open Society Foundations (OSF) were funding local groups and media organisations to influence the 2018 general election. Malaysiakini was one of the companies linked to the alleged OSF funds. The OSF has denied it funded attempts to topple the government.

Malaysiakini reportedly confirmed that it received an OSF grant which it used to produce the Realti Sarawak and Sekilas Bumi Kenyalang programmes under its video arm, KiniTV. The news portal reportedly said the money comprised just a small portion of its revenue and that its main sources of funding come from subscribers and advertisements.

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