Three newspapers in Malaysia faced penalties related to the publication of controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. In February, the government ordered the indefinite suspension of the publishing license of the English-language Sarawak Tribune and began a criminal investigation of its staff. The Chinese-language Berita Petang Sarawak and Guangming Ribao were each suspended for two weeks.

The Malaysian Ministry of Information in June ordered the Chinese-language radio program "The Mic Is On, With Love, Without Obstacles" to restructure its format and stop live broadcasts after it aired listeners' views about a controversial government order affecting Chinese-language schools.

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