Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia; it is a former British colony whose population is made up predominantly of Malays, Chinese, and Indians. Therefore, the structure of media in the country is strongly influenced by the multilingual nature of the nation’s multiethnic population. This entry provides an overview of the media in Malaysia, including its newspapers, broadcasting, and new media, then explores government regulations and the influence of politics on media.


Newspapers are published in different languages to cater to the respective major ethnic groups. Vernacular newspapers refer to those that are published in the native language of a particular ethnic group. In 2018, there were 48 newspapers in Malaysia, and 15 of them were published in English, 8 in Malay, 19 in Chinese, ...

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