Control of information handicaps Sarawak elections

Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2011

We, the undersigned civil society organisations, note that there have been serious incidents and factors ahead of the 10th state elections which are preventing Sarawakians from seeking, receiving and sharing vital information that can help them decide on their representatives and government.

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Withdraw reprimand against ‘The Star’; repeal PPPA

Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

22 March 2011 The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) regrets that yet another reprimand was issued by the Home Ministry to the press, this time to “The Star”. “The Star” stated that it was reprimanded for a 9 March 2011 article on the impounding of 5,000 Bahasa Malaysia (BM) Bibles. “The Star” was reportedly reminded [...]

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IFJ, Pakistan Press Foundation write in support of NUJ president

Posted on Thursday, January 13th, 2011

International Federation of Journalists code of ethics: “No journalist should be directed by an employer or any person acting on behalf of the employer to commit any act or thing that the journalist believes would breach his or her professional ethics, whether defined by a code of ethics adopted by journalists collected at national level or that would infringe the international Code of Principles for the Conduct of Journalism as adopted by the IFJ. No journalist can be discipclined in any way for asserting his or her rights to act according their conscience.”

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Investigate alleged censorship and journalist's termination, public invited to join event on 28 May

Posted on Friday, May 14th, 2010

The contract of Chow Z Lam, the producer of the recently axed Bakun dam documentary was terminated by RTM on 13 May. In the following joint statement, civil societies demanded for public inquiry and invited members of the public to join force on 28 May to protest political interference and censorship in the media industry.

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Retract suspension of China Press editor, stop muzzling the press

Posted on Friday, March 19th, 2010

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) condemns the suspension of the editor of China Press at the behest of the Ministry of Home Affairs after publishing a report that the Inspector General-Police (IGP) has resigned.

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Respect media's role to provide opinion

Posted on Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is concerned that the Star newspaper is being issued a show-cause letter by the Ministry of Home Affairs, following police reports lodged against the daily over the publication of a column questioning the caning of three Muslim women. CIJ calls on the Home Ministry to retract the show-cause letter [...]

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Special Article: Self-censorship of media a result of draconian laws

Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

During the 2009 Bloggers United Malaysia (BUM) gathering on 16 May, the fourth Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, claimed no responsibility for controlling the media during his time. CIJ thinks that it was quite a farce.

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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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Govt. continues to show little regard for press freedom

Posted on Monday, July 2nd, 2007

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) regrets that the government continues to interfere in the editorial decisions of private television and radio stations, and in a recent case, effectively preventing them from broadcasting speeches by opposition party members. This reported directive from the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), which is under the Ministry of [...]


Improve governance, stop interfering media

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

The government has within a week given a second warning to the mainstream media that they must not cross the boundary set by the government. The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) condemns the call by the Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin to the media not to quote from blogs and online portals. The minister's call is [...]

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