Judiciary reform, ACA reform, now MEDIA reform

PM disaran sedia pelan reformasi media

Kerajaan harus mengambil langkah memulihkan kebebasan media selepas tahapnya jatuh merudum sejak beberapa tahun lalu, kata Pakatan Penulis untuk Kebebasan Media (WAMI).

“Media harus menjadi sasaran seterusnya usaha perdana menteri selepas (reformasi) sistem kehakiman dan Badan Pencegah Rasuah,” kata pengerusinya Wong Chin Huat.

Menurut tinjauan Freedom House, sebuah badan pemantau kebebasan akhbar, Malaysia berada pada tangga tercorot dalam tempoh empat tahun sejak 2005.

Dalam tinjauan terkini yang dikeluarkan Selasa lalu, Malaysia berada di tangga 141 daripada 195 negara yang dikaji.

Kedudukan ini terletak kurang 30 peratus daripada negara yang ditinjau – meletakkan Malaysia dalam kumpulan negara-negara yang paling bawah tidak mengamalkan kebebasan media.

“Pelan reformasi dan jadual pelaksanaannya haruslah diputuskan melalui dialog dan perundingan yang melibatkan (wakil-wakil) Barisan Nasional, Pakatan Rakyat dan masyarakat sivil,” kata Wong, seorang pensyarah media, hari ini bersempena sambutan Hari Kebebasan Akhbar Sedunia esok.

Full article here.

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Well, this is depressing. Especially since today is World Press Freedom Day. But of course, it wouldn’t be such a big day in Malaysia anyway, since there’s not much press freedom to start off with.

And to think that we claim to be a democratic country. How democratic can a country be when the media and press are not allowed to practise freedom of speech and expression and all that? What kind of democracy doesn’t allow the people to know the truth? What kind of democracy “forces” the papers to only tell the bright side of what the government does?

What kind of democratic country ENDORSES biased newspaper reports?

I guess what Anwar Ibrahim said in his Black 14 speech was correct after all. We don’t want mere improvements of the system. We want change. And change to how the media is being handled, is a good way of starting.

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