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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]