Shake-up in Malaysia media firms after BN loses power

Exodus of advertisers, readers to online sites also puts pressure on mainstream media

Malaysia's media companies, already reeling from an exodus of readers and advertisers who have flocked to alternative platforms online, are now wobbling from the upheavals that followed the toppling from power last May of the long-ruling Barisan Nasional (BN).

Media owners and editors who built cosy ties with BN's coalition partners and their leaders in the 61 years BN ran Malaysia are trying to navigate the new environment, one in which the Pakatan Harapan (PH) alliance has promised freedom of expression for the industry.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2019, with the headline 'Shake-up in Malaysia media firms after BN loses power'. Print Edition | Subscribe