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Sunday, July 19, 1998 Published at 08:29 GMT 09:29 UK

World: Asia-Pacific

Second Malaysian editor resigns

A second Malaysian newspaper editor has resigned, amid reports of conflict with the prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad.

He's Ahmad Nazri Abdullah, who's stepped down as group editor of Berita Harian; the editor of the other big Malay language paper, Utusan Malaysia, resigned last Tuesday.

Dr Mahatir has denied on Saturday that he planned a government clampdown on the press, but called for what he described as more balanced reporting.

The Malaysian opposition leader, Lim Kit-siang, said he believed both resignations were forced, and provided evidence of a crackdown against the very limited press freedom in the country.

Last month, both papers carried allegations of nepotism and cronyism in Malaysia's dominant UMNO party.

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