Wikileaks Saga: The Malaysian chapter

Posted on Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Title: Wikileaks Saga: The Malaysian chapterLocation: The Annexe Gallery, Annexe Central Market, Kuala LumpurDescription: To leak or not to leak. Or in local parlance, Cablegate: Potong / X Nak Potong. Public forum on impact of WikiLeaks on media, politics, secrecy and human rights landscape in Malaysia. Panel discussion: – human rights lawyer Edmund Bon – [...]


Anwar, Najib & Wikileaks

Posted on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

By Ding Jo-Ann How did the local print media report on WikiLeaks’ disclosures involving Malaysia? The impact of WikiLeaks finally reached Malaysian shores when Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald (Herald) published leaked US state department cables of Singaporean officials’ views about Malaysian affairs. Interestingly, the leaked cables contained negative comments on both Prime Minister Najib Razak [...]


Imbalanced coverage of water protest

Posted on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

By Ding Jo-Ann HOW did the press cover the protest in Kuala Lumpur on 5 December 2010 over the Selangor water tariff hikes? According to reports, more than 4,000 protesters attempted to march from Masjid Negara to Istana Negara, to call for the return of water rights to the people. Protesters, however, were thwarted with [...]

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CIJ condemns intimidation of lawyer, blogger, news site

Posted on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) Malaysia views with concern the investigations being conducted by the Malaysian communications regulator, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) into online reports of a speech by the Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

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INTERNATIONAL: IFEX members call for freedom of expression during historic elections in Burma

Posted on Monday, October 25th, 2010

The following is a joint statement signed by IFEX members, including CIJ, calling, among others, for access for media and election monitors to elections in Burma, and freedom of information for the voters-to-be.

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CIJ: Malaysia’s drop in world press freedom ranking unsurprising given unchanged legal environment

Posted on Friday, October 22nd, 2010

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) notes with no surprise Malaysia’s slippage in the World Press Freedom Index created by Reporters Without Borders, from a score of 44.25 (2009) to 50.75, which places us 10 notches down to a ranking of 141 out of 178 countries. More pertinent is the fact that Malaysia has been [...]


BURMA: Denied access to TV, radio, Burmese independent candidates resort to giving leaflets

Posted on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Independent candidates faced formidable limitations on campaigning for the coming election in Burma, held after a lapse of 20 years. The election is widely expected to be far from free and fair.


BURMA: Editor sentenced to 13 years in jail

Posted on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Burmese exiled media Mizzima exposed that a tribunal convicted an editor for charges under three laws in Burma. Lawyers claimed that the prosecutions was flawed.


Come join artists/activists at Ops Bilang*

Posted on Monday, October 18th, 2010

Ops Bilang* – an operation to dissect complex issues of our time – with artists/activists as ‘surgeons’! Artis/aktivis membilang pada kita isu penting sezaman. Tuesday, October 26 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm Annexe Gallery Central Market, Kuala Lumpur Amir Muhammad – Kewarganegaraan Anne James – Religious freedom Fahmi Fadzil – Workers’ rights Fahmi Reza – Hak [...]


CIJ, Charter 200, WAMI: Use of undercover journalism in exposing racism, public interest issues

Posted on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

We are three civil society organisations concerned with events transpiring from the media expose of a high-ranking government officer who had allegedly uttered mocking words against minority ethnic groups and the subsequent media expose of the reporter involved. The controversies have raised concerns regarding freedom of expression and media ethics that need to be discussed [...]