After eight years, TMI closes down

TMI editor Jahabar Sadiq said The Edge Media Group’s decision to close the news portal from midnight was made for commercial reasons. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
TMI editor Jahabar Sadiq said The Edge Media Group’s decision to close the news portal from midnight was made for commercial reasons. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 — The Edge Media Group has decided to shut down The Malaysian Insider (TMI) tomorrow, some eight years after the news portal was started in 2008.

TMI editor Jahabar Sadiq said The Edge Media Group’s decision to close the news portal from midnight was made for commercial reasons.

“We worked as impartial journalists to inform Malaysians and other readers so that they make informed decisions. We worked to make all voices heard in this marketplace of ideas.

“But our work in The Malaysian Insider has now come to an end in a Malaysia that more than ever requires more clarity, transparency and information,” said Jahabar in a statement on TMI.

Contacted by Malay Mail Online, Jahabar declined comment when asked if anyone has offered to buy TMI.

The government recently blocked access to TMI, with Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak alleging that the news portal had caused public “confusion” in an article quoting an unnamed source from a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) advisory panel.

The Star reported last January that The Edge Media Group, which acquired TMI in 2014, was downsizing.

The English-language daily also reported that TMI, which was set up on February 25, 2008, was up for sale.

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