Action Reports

Personal data = private property or the new commodity?

Posted on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

In conjunction with Data Privacy Day on 28 Jan 2011, we held a public forum to raise awareness of the increasing threat to privacy with regard to personal information, and the lack of protection in Malaysia although Parliament recently passed the Data Protection Act. Funnily enough, the day after the forum, reportedly 1.5 million Malaysians received a surprise text message or e-greeting from the prime minister, underscoring one of the conclusions in our forum – how the collusion between business and State undermines the power of the individual to protect their data.

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What’s good – and scary – that’s revealed from the WikiLeaks saga

Posted on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

No, it’s not about whether Anwar Ibrahim was really guilty of sodomy, or that Singaporean officials think the Altantuya murder continues to haunt our prime minister’s tenure. The really relevant issues raised by WikiLeaks that needed to be discussed are media freedom, freedom of speech, access to information, privacy and security, all of which CIJ’s forum sought to address, especially in the Malaysian context. Documented here – in both condensed and full reports – FYI.


What’s missing in Selangor’s FOI law

Posted on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

CIJ director Sonia Randhawa’s analysis of the Selangor Freedom Of Information (FOI) enactment tabled on 13 July 2010, published by The Nut Graph. EVEN as the Selangor government is being lauded for introducing freedom of information (FOI) legislation in the state, much is lacking in the Pakatan Rakyat-led government’s enactment. Indeed, the Selangor government may [...]


Selangorians, what say you of the FOI bill?

Posted on Monday, July 19th, 2010

The Selangor state government has tabled a Freedom of Information (FOI) enactment and is inviting public feedback, which will be collated and studied by a Select Committee before the bill is tabled for third reading in April 2011. CIJ is making available the state’s bill and the civil society’s version. Click into the article to [...]


Welcome to CIJ, Sabah community journalists!

Posted on Thursday, June 17th, 2010

CIJ is pleased to welcome community journalists from Sabah who are in Kuala Lumpur for a study tour from 17 to 20 June 2010. The guests are winners of the Sabah Youth Writing Competition, a 12-month project to train youths in Kota Kinabalu, Tawau and Sandakan, to write about their issues. More than 100 youths [...]


What you don’t know that you don’t know

Posted on Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Come join our ‘Forum Theatre’ on 13 June 2010, Sunday at noon-1pm, at the Annexe Gallery, Central Market Annexe, Kuala Lumpur. Recently, a journalist was courageous enough to resign AND go public over self-censorship in the media organisation he works for. This sparked off a series of supportive civil society actions, from pseudo flash mobs [...]


Goodbye, Sam!

Posted on Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

It's our intern Samantha Brown's last day at CIJ.       We have been very fortunate to have her for five months. For one thing, she has gamely taken on all tasks we asked of her – including manual labour. Yeah, don't let that dimunitive size fool you; hidden in those skinny arms are [...]


CIJ letter to Thai embassy, local media on journalist protection and free media

Posted on Friday, May 21st, 2010

Journalists were among those killed and injured in the midst of the Thai government action against the Red Shirts protesters. The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) has written to the Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur urging for greater protection for journalists and to enable an environment of free media to help resolve the conflict. It [...]


From perpetuating conflict to promoting peace: the Maluku media experience

Posted on Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The power and responsibility of media as well as the need for media plurality were brought home in a most compelling way during a forum organised by the Centre for Independent Journalism Malaysia, when an Indonesian journalist shared her personal experiences in reporting the civil conflict between Christians and Muslims in the Maluku province. The [...]


Reading newspapers upside down to drive home press freedom message

Posted on Monday, May 3rd, 2010

On the eve of World Press Freedom Day (falls on 3 May each year), CIJ, activists and members of the public sat down in the park at the KLCC to read newspapers- but reading them upside down- to remind the state as well as the public about the importance of press freedom. Reading newspapers upside [...]