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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Police abusing its role in going after BN critics

Posted on Monday, May 25th, 2009

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) strongly protests the continuing police arrests and a related raid at the headquarters of opposition party, the Democratic Action Party (DAP) to eliminate critical expression about the political crisis in Perak state.

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International pressure group protest 'OneBlack Malaysia' clampdown

Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

The New York based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has written to Prime Minister Najib Razak to express concern with the mass arrest of those involved, directly or indirectly, with the 'One Black Malaysia' campaign. Although all of them have been released, CPJ is critical of the inconsistency between Najib's 'OneMalaysia' and actual actions by [...]

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CIJ raises concern over clampdown on anti-government expression

Posted on Thursday, May 7th, 2009

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is deeply concerned that the new administration under Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has begun a swoop of those publicly opposed to the takeover of the northern state of Perak by the Barisan Nasional coalition, the incumbent ruling coalition on the Federal level.

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Update: Wong Chin Huat remand order extended to 8 May

Posted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Police has obtained another remand order to detain Wong Chin Huat, spokeperson for poll reform coalition Bersih and chairman of Writers' Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI) for three days, for alleged offence under the Sedition Act. Early on, Wong was expected to be released on 6 May after the one day remand order expired. Wong [...]

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Update: PAS Vice President, PKR Youth Chief arrested.

Posted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The Vice President of the Pan Islamic Party (Malay acronym-PAS), Mat Sabu and PKR supreme council member Badrul Hisham were arrested on the late afternoon of 6 May. Like Wong Chin Huat, who is still under remand since yesterday, both were involved in organizing mass civil disobedience over the BN take over of Perak. Mat [...]

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CIJ condemns government's intimidation against media and electoral reform activist

Posted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) condemns the arrest and remand of media and electoral reform activist, Wong Chin Huat yesterday over strong calls against the Barisan Nasional's takeover of the state of Perak and refusal to call for fresh elections there following the political crisis since February.

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Time for changes in media and information laws and practices

Posted on Monday, March 10th, 2008

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) congratulates winners of the 12th General Elections and is encouraged by a stronger opposition in Parliament, which we hope will enhance the role of the institution in ensuring a more effective representation for the rakyat. CIJ is especially encouraged by the election of 15 candidates representing DAP, PAS, Parti [...]

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Vote for greater reforms for FOE

Posted on Thursday, March 6th, 2008

What do we expect from the 12th General Elections? CIJ is encouraged that there are candidates who have pledged to table the Freedom of Information Bill if elected. But we note with concern the incident where journalists were harassed and where media reports have been biased against the non-Barisan Nasional parties; but we are encouraged [...]

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CIJ, WAMI: Media must be independent in reporting the elections

Posted on Sunday, February 24th, 2008

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and Writers' Alliance for Independence (WAMI) note with concern developments that will create an unfair environment for media coverage that would certainly benefit the incumbent candidates and caretaker government. Subtle as it may be for the members of the public, media professionals should recognize them immediately as compromising fair [...]

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