updates, 10-plus PM: Bernama's More calls for greater Press freedom, quoting AKJ, Ibrahim Yahya, Wan Azizah and Kit Siang. The news agency somehow did not identify which English daily made the call to scrap the relevant Press act, but obviously it was The Star. Read the editorial here.
"Publish Correctly or Be Damned!" The Star's editorial Time to remove the shackles, published on World Press Freedom Day today, represents what all true journalists in this country want. The last thing politically-appointed editors and editorial advisors would want, as they won't have a place in a freer Press. Not what the self-serving politicians want. But as the editorial says:"To progress into a truly democratic society, we need well-informed citizens who can make sound judgments on policies that affect them as well as those who formulate those policies. Much of this hinges on the role that the media play."It adds:It used to be "Public AND be damned" for our media. The leader writer changed it to "Publish correctly OR be damned". Sweet."In the past, the mainstream media, The Star included, was maligned for its scope of coverage. Most were guilty of being constricted by restrictive laws like the Printing and Publications Act and the annual renewal of permits.
".... we want to make a pertinent call for the repeal of outdated laws and regulations which stifle the very tenets of journalism".
To me, it's a clear message that true journalists want CHANGE. They want to be FREED of the multiple shackles. They want to reclaim what is rightfully theirs, and that is the FREEDOM to report the truth, without fear and without favour, without political interference, for a BETTER MALAYSIA.
The call is timely. Tomorrow, a civil society group will launch BENAR, a campaign in support of a Free and Fair Media, at the Central Market at 2pm. Click http://benarffm.wordpress.com for more details.
Freedom-advocate YB Wee Choo Keong, in his weekly Question for your MP, asks his blog readers to provide him suggestions and answers to his question:-"... should the government then abolish all licensing requirement and press & printing acts to facilitate the truth to surface at all times in the interest of transparency, good governance and true democracy?"Click here and have your say on what Parliament needs to do so that we can have Press Freedom.
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Malaysian Press, Time to be free
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