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.
Of late there has been talk of setting up a media council. Zaharom Nain asserts that a council with teeth is needed to hold the media accountable to the rakyat.. The repressive legal environment and increasing concentration of media ownership have to be tackled as well.
Hanya akhbar dan media lain yang mempunyai daya intelek yang tinggi, fikiran terbuka, komitmen terhadap kebenaran dan keadilan, dan kredibiliti tinggi yang boleh melayani kehendak dan keperluan warga negara progresif, tegas Mustafa K Anuar.
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.
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.