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 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.
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.
Four civil society groups have spoken up in support of National Union of Journalists (NUJ) president Hata Wahari, who is facing a domestic inquiry by his employer, “Utusan Malaysia,” for being critical of political interference in the newspaper.