Brunei and Timor Leste have a much better global press freedom ranking than Malaysia. That says a lot about the Malaysian media.
A ‘pictomentary’ by Martin Jalleh on press freedom in the country – or the lack of it.
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.
The press too needs more freedom to operate. But for this to happen, more support is needed not just from press freedom activists but from a broader spectrum of society, says Ross Tapsell.
One Malaysian daily ushered in World Press Freedom Day by booting out the National Union of Journalists president Hata Wahari. Under such trying circumstances in Malaysia’s media industry, Mustafa K Anuar suggests it might be more appropriate to holler, “May Day! May Day!”
Mustafa K Anuar and Anil Netto have called upon Utusan’s management not to resort to punitive action against the NUJ president for daring to speak up as would be expected of a union leader with a conscience.
Malaysia has been in the bottom third in the global ranking almost without fail over the last decade, thanks to its unchanged legal and regulatory framework, observes the Centre for Independent Journalism.
Whether it is to access alternative views or just simply to have fun reading cartoons or wearing funny T-shirts, our right to make decisions on what to read and what to wear has been eroded, writes Soon Chuan Yean.
Challenges to press freedom have emerged as opposition parties run into difficulties in renewing permits for their party newspapers. Such obstacles strengthen the suspicion that the BN government doesn’t take kindly to criticism, observes Mustafa K Anuar in our cover story.
What else do the authorities want to control, wonders Soon Chuan Yean. Cartoons and T-shirts as well, apparently. These restrictions unfortunately limit people’s choice of what to read and even what to wear.
Malaysia has risen from 113th spot to 92nd place in the latest global press freedom rankings. Not only that, it is now the second freest country in South-East Asia if the latest press freedom survey by the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is to be believed. That's the good news.