The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) Malaysia welcomes Prime Minister Najib Razak’s call to review existing media censorship laws. We congratulate the Prime Minister on his recent realisation, as expressed on 15 August 2011, that these laws are no longer “effective” in this day and age.
The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) strongly opposes the government’s proposed media consultative council. It is clear from the objectives of this proposed council that it will be yet another layer of control on the media, in addition to the myriad laws that already curb media freedom and have long stunted the proper growth of an independent and ethical Malaysian media.
The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI) urge the government to hold consultations with the public and civil society groups before instituting a mechanism that would potentially restrict media freedom further. The government's announcement to set up a National Media Council, coming amidst the public uproar on Umno leader [...]
Once again, the media council proposal is raised as a way of "monitoring" the media. CIJ views this with concern, but invites the government and the MPI to have a broad based discussion on the issue with some assurances that the laws that govern the media will be reviewed.