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The Malaysian Insider Shuts Down Less Than A Month After MCMC Ban

The news portal will cease publication at midnight today, 14 March.

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Come midnight, The Malaysian Insider will be no more

In a note penned by editor Jahabar Sadiq, it was revealed that The Edge Media Group has decided to shut down the news portal from midnight today, 14 March, due to "commercial reasons"

"Goodbye readers from near and far, and those reading us in Malaysia despite the government block.

The Edge Media Group has decided to shut down The Malaysian Insider from midnight today, for commercial reasons. Perhaps it is fitting that we go offline at the start of the Ides of March.

I hope we have served you well since our first day of going live on February 25, 2008. And I hope others will continue to serve you in our absence," he wrote.

Thanking its supporters for their well wishes and criticism over the past eight years, Jahabar also urged readers to continue paying attention to what goes on in Malaysia and all over the world

"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.

All said and done, I want to thank everyone of you in Malaysia, around the world, and those who have been with The Malaysian Insider from day one until now for your support, well wishes and criticism during these fantastic eight years and 18 days of The Malaysian Insider.

I won’t put down my pen, I won’t lay down my camera, I won’t shut up and I won’t be blinkered or turn a deaf ear to what goes on in Malaysia and the world. And I urge all of you to do the same," he wrote.

Less than a month ago, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) blocked The Malaysian Insider as it had apparently violated the National law:

The news portal then promptly changed its URL to allow its readers access to the site: