The small media startup that helped take down a Malaysian prime minister
WHEN Clare Rewcastle Brown founded the Sarawak Report in 2010, it was designed to highlight issues affecting indigenous communities in the Malaysia state, such as deforestation and corruption. But it soon became known for something else entirely. The site was instrumental in breaking the 1MDB story, which helped topple Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak, who has since been charged with 25 counts of money laundering. Due to her persistent investigations in Sarawak, Rewcastle Brown had already been banned some six years earlier from entering the state where she was born and spent her early years. But the ban simply strengthened her resolve to continue her work at the Sarawak Report. Clare Rewcastle Brown’s book provides an insider’s account of one of the world’s biggest scoops. Source: Susan Tam/Splice Newsroom SEE ALSO: The billion-dollar book sale: Malaysians show support for 1MDB chronicle Staying afloat without cash With 1MDB issues having been covered extensively she now plans to return the platform to its original purpose of filling the void of an independent press in Sarawak. The site offers free access and a regular newsletter for subscribers. She estimates it costs less than US$6,500 a month to operate. With hard-hitting news having been censored in Malaysia for so long, a story on the site can now reach thousands — sometimes up to one million — views. And the Sarawak Report’s Facebook followers have crossed the 500,000 threshold. Rewcastle Brown is considering accepting advertisements to supplement the donations the site receives. When she issues a callout for donations, she says many respond, some with large sums and others who regularly give a few ringgit a month. “It’s been hand-to-mouth, but people have kept it going,” she says. Rewcastle Brown says Sarawak Report’s exposure of 1MDB demonstrates the importance of a free press as it only took a “little source” of information to expose... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, The small media startup that helped take down a Malaysian prime minister, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
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