As the Sarawak election campaign gathers momentum, two websites that have played a pivotal role in exposing abuse of power in the state have gone down.
Clare Rewcastle Brown’s ‘Sarawak Report’ is now inaccessible and so is Radio Free Sarawak. A third website dayakbaru.com is also out of service with the message “This account has been suspended”. The pro-BN Sarawak Reports (with an ‘s’) website, however, is still available.
On its Facebook page, Sarawak Report announced at around 5.00pm, “We can confirm a massive attack on our site. Our web experts say it is a Distributed Denial of Service Attack, the same form of attack that brought down Wikileaks.” Radio Free Sarawak made an identical announcement on its Facebook page.
People have been tweeting since yesterday morning that Sarawak Report cannot be accessed. One tweet said the website was back online just before midnight last night. But more tweets since 2.00am today showed that the website remained inaccessible.