Dua kali lima. I was hoping the Home Minister would not over-react against Suara Keadilan, the party paper of Anwar Ibrahim's PKR, which has a limited circulation and influence. But, regrettably, it did. Before that, Ahmad Maslan gave a world-class headline opportunity to SK's publishers by slapping them with a RM200 million lawsuit.
At the same time, reading the comments by Kit Siang, Tien Chua, Nurul Izzah and Anwar Ibrahim on the suspension made me LOL. As I tweeted this morning to Tien Chua and Umno's Tun Faisal, both gentlemen known to me in the real world, "Dalam hal ni, korang semua sama saja. PKR suka saman paper, DAP suka bar paper, BN suka gantung paper."
And then Anwar Ibrahim tweeted that the banning of SK showed "PM Najib's autocratic rule - no tolerance of dissent, no free media, no indept judiciary. Yes to corruption!". I retweeted: "Like I said, no matter what, we journalists lose - Najib's government suspends newspapers, Guan Eng bans them, and Anwar sues us."
We can no longer deny it. Two years plus after PRU12, journalists' freedom continues to be in a dire state even - and sometimes especially - in the states ruled by parties that had promised us a better Malaysia. and a new dawn. Yawn ... We not only still don't have freedom of the (old/traditional) Press, we have also lost those idealistic people in politics and in government who used to support the fight for that freedom.
So get on with your politics guys and stop talking cock about journalism, freedom of the press, etc etc.
And thank god for the blogs