Report: MCMC fines Astro for airing Al-Jazeera documentary on Altantuya murder five years ago

Astro has been fined by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for airing in 2015 an Al-Jazeera documentary on the controversial murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.

(MMO) – Malaysiakini reported today that a notice was sent to Measat Broadcast Network Systems Bhd, which operates Astro on July 7 this year over the airing on September 11, 2015.

The news portal cited the MCMC as saying it fined the satellite television provider as its investigations concluded the content of the document to be indecent and the firm to be in violation of Section 211 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Section 211 handles “provision of offensive content”, which prohibits content that is “indecent, obscene, false, menacing, or offensive in character with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any person”.

“In its letter to Measat, MCMC said the company was found guilty of airing the episode, which was indecent, with the intention to offend related parties.

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