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MALAYSIA: KL bans paper for printing 'offensive' reports on sex

Malay Mail's weekend edition suspended for publishing surveys on sex which are contrary to Malaysians' values

Straits Times
Thursday, November 9, 2006

Kuala Lumpur --- The Internal Security Ministry has suspended the Weekend Mail, a publication of The New Straits Times Press (NSTP), for breaching guidelines and conditions under the Printing and Presses Act 1984 (Act 301).

Ministry secretary-general Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said that reports and photographs in the paper's Nov 4-5 issues which focused on sex and sexual issues were contrary to values practised by Malaysians.

The newspaper had rated the popularity of sex positions among young Malaysians in last weekend's unusually frank survey, including "spooning and galloping," under the headline "You'll be shocked."

NSTP chief executive officer Syed Faisal Albar had apologised unreservedly to the paper's readers on Monday for distress caused by the publication of the articles.

He admitted that the articles and photographs were "offensive and distasteful."

When asked when the suspension would be lifted, a source in the ministry said: "Depending on the Weekend Mail. Maybe it wants to appeal to us or whatever. We will see the reaction after this."