Walk at Dataran, Talk at Jalan Tangsi.
Date: Sunday June 1, 2008
Walk, 9.30 am to 10.15 am at Dataran Merdeka
Talk, 10.30 am at National Press Club
The two events are actually ONE:-
The Walk for Media Freedom is organised by media activists, including Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), Writers Alliance for Media Indepdence (Wami), National Alliance of Bloggers, and BENAR, a cyber group for "free and fair media".
The Talk on Media Freedom is hosted by the National Press Club (NPC) and the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). Jalan Tangsi is where the NPC's clubhouse is located and the NUJ is the biggest body representing mainstream media journalists in Malaysia.
The journalists' bodies and the media activists have always worked separately to pursue the Press Freedom agenda. This is the first time they are working together.
The Walk, an idea initiated by Benar, will be the first part of the programme. Journalists, writers, bloggers and anyone who believes in Media Freedom are free to take part in the walk. No banners, no spanners. Those who expect water canons and tear gas will be disappointed. The walk starts anytime after 9.30am. It's only 10 minutes to Jalan Tangsi.
The Talk is where breakfast will be served. Senator Zaid Ibrahim, the de facto Law Minister, is scheduled to give a talk on Media Freedom. The NPC will be inviting Editors from the mainstream media to attend the talk (invitation for the walk is sent by the CIJ). Several Editors have already confirmed their participation. The talk starts at 10.30AM.
Zaid has indicated to one of the organisers that he might like to take part in the walk, too.
p/s At an NUJ forum I attended earlier this month, KJ the Son-in-Law also called for a revision of press laws to give way for a freer media. Will Zahid be singing the same tune? Will the two walk the talk?
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Media Freedom's Walk the Talk, this Sunday
At 3:41 p.m.