In the wake of the storm of criticism over the tsunami cartoon published in Berita Harian, Media Citizen takes a look at the recent record of freedom of expression in Malaysia.
Aliran condemns the Home Ministry’s recent action to reportedly cancel next year’s publishing permit of the Catholic multilingual weekly newspaper, The Herald, as it violates the principle of freedom of expression and of religion in the country.
Charter 2000-Aliran is appalled at the Home Ministry’s rejection of a permit application by the Makkal Osai management – which is presumably due to the Tamil daily’s coverage of the Opposition besides giving the BN wider coverage.
Charter 2000-Aliran takes Makkal Osai to task for not having exercised greater prudence in ensuring that what is published does not demean what others hold as sacred and sensitive. To publish a picture of Jesus Christ purportedly holding a cigarette in one hand and a drink in the other hand on its front page (21 August 2007) was irresponsible and reprehensible.