Contrary to the myth peddled by the state, a free and responsible press is essential to the national project to help build a harmonious multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi-religious society, observes Mustafa K Anuar.
The proposed amendments do not address the fact that most major Malaysian newspapers are owned by political parties, states the Centre for Independent Journalism.
We must reclaim our democracy. We must defend our God-given rights. We must never, ever surrender our freedom, says P Ramakrishnan.
The Centre for Independent Journalism has issued a World Press Freedom Day message calling on the people to reclaim their right to media that can play their role of bearing witness and informing society.
Zaharom Nain notes that as long as the rigid feudal politically and racially-tainted civil structure remains, there is little hope of stemming the rot in higher education.
Help the mainstream media restore the dignity and respect they once commanded, urges the Centre for Independent Journalism.
Our cover story looks at the state of the media in the light of Utusan Malaysia’s appalling unverified front page story stoking fears of a ‘Christian state’. Four media watchdog groups have expressed serious concern.
Strict controls are maintained on freedom of expression, assembly and association in Malaysia, observes Human Rights Watch in its annual review.