Freedom of Expression 2007: A year of persecutions

Posted on Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Freedom of Expression in Malaysia in 2007: An Annual Review by CIJ View more documents from Centre for Independent Journalism. Overall, the state of freedom of expression in 2007 marks a further deterioration compared to 2006. While 2006 was highlighted by the suspension of newspapers due to the Muhammad caricature, the closure of public discussion [...]

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CIJ, WAMI dispute minister's accusations

Posted on Thursday, December 13th, 2007

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI) reject the accusations by Minister of Information Zainuddin Maidin that we are linked to Hindraf and that we are being used by foreign powers, as a tactic to draw the attention away from genuine criticisms.

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Use of ISA condemned!

Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and the Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI) are deeply disturbed that the government has resorted to the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) to arrest five leaders of Hindraf (Hindu Rights Action Force). The use of the ISA comes after three Hindraf leaders have been arrested and charged for [...]

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Lift suspension of Tamil deejays

Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2007

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and the Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI) are concerned that several presenters of the state-owned Tamil language radio station, MinnalFm, have been taken off the air pending the outcome of an investigation into their alleged involvement in the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) rally.

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No to ISA against participants of public rallies

Posted on Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) condemns the Prime Minister's warning to use the Internal Security Act (ISA) to prevent future public rallies, after the Sunday rally organized by Hindraf which drew a reported crowd of 30 000, and the BERSIH rally earlier this month.

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Release Hindraf leaders, repeal the Sedition Act

Posted on Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is deeply concerned about the arrest of three key figures of Hindu rights group, Hindraf under the Sedition Act for planning a rally on 25 Nov, in which 10 000 Indians are called to submit a memorandum to the British High Commission.

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Investigate assault, death threats against journalists

Posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is concerned that two journalists from a local Tamil daily, Malaysian Nanban, have come under physical and verbal threats, allegedly over articles they have written. We are concerned with the growing threats on journalists from the Tamil language dailies, particularly those that are critical of the leadership in the [...]

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Get public feedback on witness protection bill

Posted on Sunday, November 4th, 2007

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) urges the government to conduct meaningful public consultation for its proposed Witness Protection Bill, which has been on the table for the last seven years. While it is encouraging to read that the government is serious in ensuring protection of witnesses, a draft legislation that is of utmost public [...]

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Ministerial "advice" to media tantamount to interference

Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) questions the Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin's "advice" to news editors not to play up news that put the government in the bad light. CIJ finds the advice by the Minister alarming as he continues to show little regard for press freedom and the role of the media in a [...]

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Malaysia down in press freedom index

Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) notes with concern Malaysia's drastic drop in this year's Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), in which the country now ranked at 124, a drop of 32 places from year 2006 where it occupied the 92nd spot. It is worrying to note that the decline has been [...]

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