Interlok and azan – a tale of two approaches taken by Utusan Malaysia

Posted on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

IT’S commonly accepted that the media play a role in shaping public perception. But how exactly does that happen? Here’s an analysis of Utusan Malaysia’s coverage on two issues: the controversy over Interlok, and the request for the dawn azan’s volume to be lowered at a mosque in Kampung Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur.


Siasatan dalaman “Utusan” terhadap Ha’ta Wahari ditangguhkan

Posted on Monday, January 17th, 2011

Siasatan dalaman “Utusan Malaysia” hari ini terhadap wartawan kanan Ha’ta Wahari tidak dapat berlangsung di ibu pejabat akhbar tersebut di Kuala Lumpur setelah setengah jam ia bermula apabila perselisihan berlaku mengenai kelayakan wakil tertuduh.

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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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Appeal for action to prevent possible sacking of journalists union president

Posted on Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) Malaysia is calling for media freedom groups around the world to send a letter of appeal to the management of “Utusan Malaysia”, a major Malay daily in the country, to abandon its intention to hold a domestic inquiry against one of its journalists.

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Report fairly on sexuality issue; condemn violent threats

Posted on Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

4 January 2011 The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) views with great concern the death threats against Azwan Ismail, a participant of video project “It Gets Better in Malaysia”. According to the project’s coordinators from Seksualiti Merdeka, the videos were made “in response to accounts of suicides and attempted suicides by LGBT teenagers and adults”. [...]


CIJ, Charter 200, WAMI: Use of undercover journalism in exposing racism, public interest issues

Posted on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

We are three civil society organisations concerned with events transpiring from the media expose of a high-ranking government officer who had allegedly uttered mocking words against minority ethnic groups and the subsequent media expose of the reporter involved. The controversies have raised concerns regarding freedom of expression and media ethics that need to be discussed [...]


Media barring by political parties

Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2009

CIJ has written a letter to Utusan Malaysia over the paper's selective representation of CIJ's views on the issue of media barring by political parties.


Triple by-election in April: Old media continues with BN propaganda, new media set higher standards

Posted on Monday, July 13th, 2009

CIJ conducted a media monitoring of four dailies (Utusan Malaysia, The Star, New Straits Times and theSun) as well as three online news portals (The Malaysian Insider, Malaysiakini and The Nut Graph) on the coverage of the by-elections in Bukit Gantang, Bukit Selambau and Batang Ai. Read more for the findings of the monitoring project.

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Al Islam breached code of ethics (The Nut Graph's article)

Posted on Monday, July 13th, 2009

PETALING JAYA, 13 July 2009: Al Islam magazine clearly violated journalistic ethics when it went undercover at a Catholic mass and partook of the holy communion, the Centre for Independent Journalism(CIJ) said today.

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Youths prefer news sites from local mainstream press

Posted on Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Malaysian youths still rely on mainstream media as primary source of information but they are taking it with a pinch of salt.

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