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Malaysian paper is defiant
'What is a political party without a mouthpiece?' Mr Dzulkarnain said. 'It's ridiculous. We are still in the dark ages where media laws are concerned.' All regular Malaysian newspapers and magazines require a government permit that must be renewed annually. However, because one-off publications are exempted, the party gave the newspaper's latest issue an abbreviated name - 'Keadilan' - to make it technically a different publication from 'Suara Keadilan.' A Home Ministry official declined to comment on the party's move.
Authorities have previously warned the party would be sued for libel over its recent article and could face other consequences if it continued to publish the newspaper. Opposition officials have defended the article, saying it was fair comment. Publishers that distribute banned material can have their equipment seized and be charged under laws that provide for prison sentences of up to three years.
The papers are run by the three parties in Anwar's opposition alliance, which hopes to win power in general elections scheduled to be held by 2013.
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