Pacific

Australian broadcaster says Malaysia won't charge reporters

An Australian state broadcaster said Malaysian authorities have decided against charging two Australian journalists who attempted to interview the Malaysian prime minister over corruption allegations.

The decision came after the Australian government intervened and suggested the detention was part of a Malaysian crackdown on press freedom.

An Australian Broadcasting Corp. television reporter and camera operator had been told to appear in a Sarawak state court on Tuesday charged with obstructing a public servant from discharging his duties when they questioned Prime Minister Najib Razak as he entered a mosque on Saturday.

ABC reported that two hours after a press release was issued confirming the charge, the newsmen's lawyer was phoned on Monday night and told they would not be charged and they were not required to attend court.