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MCMC Fined Radio Station Over Interview With Reza Aslan

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PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian radio station has been fined RM 10,000 by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) over an interview with Iranian-American Muslim scholar Reza Aslan (pic) which aired on Oct 21 last year.

According to news portal reports, the station was fined under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for violating the special licence conditions of Individual Content Applications Service Provider (CASP-I), which stipulates the regulator’s approval must be obtained before any live or delayed telecast.

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In addition to this, the radio station is also charged with breaking Section 206(3) of the Act on compliance with licence conditions.

When contacted by The Star Online, MCMC strategic communication adviser Sheikh Raffie Abd Rahman confirmed that the radio station had been fined.

“The compound issued to them was RM10,000 under Section 243 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998,” he said.

In his interview, which was aired last year, Reza criticised the government’s ban on the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims calling the Court of Appeal’s ruling in the case involving Catholic weekly The Herald as a “political decision”.

The scholar told the station that Christians in the Middle East used “Allah” to refer to God and that it wasn’t a threat to Islam.-The Star

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