PETALING JAYA – Malaysian authorities raided the office of news broadcaster Al Jazeera and two other local TV stations, seizing computers as part of the on-going investigation into a documentary on undocumented migrants that enraged the entire country.

The Qatari-state owned broadcaster condemned the raid as a “troubling escalation” in a crackdown against media freedom.

Seven al-Jazeera staff members including five Australians have been interrogated by the police as part of the investigation on the alleged sedition, defamation, and violation of the Communications and Multimedia Act.

Al-Jazeera claimed that the police confiscated two computers on the raid. The media entity claims such a move by the government shows the length they will take to try to intimidate the journalist.

Malaysia Authorities opened the investigation last July in the Al Jazeera documentary titled Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown. The police were able to obtain court warrants to search the offices of Al Jazeera as well as local media tv Astro and Unifitv who reportedly aired the video.

Criminal investigation chief Huzir Mohamed said that the raid was conducted with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission who is also conducting an investigation.

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