Media dynamics may change with new government

Front pages of Malaysian newspapers The Star (left), Utusan Malaysia (right) and Sinar Harian yesterday. The dynamics between the mainstream media and Barisan Nasional, which controls the main media outlets, will be closely watched.
Front pages of Malaysian newspapers The Star (left), Utusan Malaysia (right) and Sinar Harian yesterday. The dynamics between the mainstream media and Barisan Nasional, which controls the main media outlets, will be closely watched.
Front pages of Malaysian newspapers (from far left) The Star, Utusan Malaysia and Sinar Harian yesterday.The dynamics between the mainstream media and Barisan Nasional, which controls the main media outlets, will be closely watched.
Front pages of Malaysian newspapers The Star, Utusan Malaysia and Sinar Harian (above) yesterday. The dynamics between the mainstream media and Barisan Nasional, which controls the main media outlets, will be closely watched.

The election win of Pakatan Harapan (PH) could directly impact Malaysia's mainstream media outlets, which have for decades given friendly coverage of the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

After months of attacking PH and its leaders in the run-up to Wednesday's general election, mainstream newspapers and television adopted a more factual tone as it became clear that BN had lost badly.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2018, with the headline 'Media dynamics may change with new government'. Print Edition | Subscribe