What Is Utusan Malaysia

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Utusan Malaysia is a newspaper that can be bought in Malaysia. The name is translated as Malaysian Courier. For some time, it had a sister paper named Utusan Melayu, but that does not appear anymore since 2006. This is the best selling newspaper of the country and it appears daily. It has a broadsheet format. The owner and publisher of it is Utusan Group. The headquarters of the group are in Kuala Lumpur. The first edition of the paper appeared in 1967. In the beginning, this was a longer version of Utusan Melayu and represented a daily edition of Mingguan Malaysia, which appeared in 1965. In 1997, the Malaysian newspaper appeared for the first time online with texts and visuals. Only paying subscribers can access the complete information of the online edition of the paper. This is offered online in collaboration with Telekom Malaysia. Another project having as partner the newspaper was released in 2001. On July 2, Utusan Education Portal was released. This is one of the best educational websites in the country.

The newspaper is easy to recognize after its blue masthead and after its logo. It has 32 pages, most of them are filled with news and current affairs, but the supplements of the paper offers readers diverse information about fashion, politics, music, entertainment, health and technology. In present, this is the only news paper coming in broadsheet in the country. In 2008, another Malay paper called Berita Harian changed its format, being published from broadsheet to tabloid style. According to a study of the Audit Bureau of Circulation, the circulation of this daily newspaper decreased alarmingly between 2006 and 2009, with more than 21%.

Recently, Utusan Malaysia came under fire when it was demonstrated that some of the news presented in it, especially those in the political domain were fabricated. Other of them were taken out of context and some of it manipulated, but the trust that people had in this paper dissapeared when this information was made public. More than this, Utusan proved to have racist comment on some topics, which sparked even more criticism from the public paying for it.  The Foreign News page of the paper also created problems, as few international news are published, about two pages in each edition. The last controversy in which Utusan was involved is related to Hata Wahari, a journalist that was suspended after he insulted the management of the group.