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Democracy in          Malaysia        A   Free Media            helps to promote    A   Fair MalaysiaThere can’t be free a...
Everyone has the right to freedomof opinion and expression.This right includesfreedom to hold opinionswithout interferenc...
As members of the communicationprofession, journalists are to providereliable information for everyone to takepart in the ...
Countries with high levels of governmentinterference, however, are known to usestate media:•to promote the regime in a fav...
In Malaysia, a proposal on electoral reformssuggests that the caretaker governmentshould be prohibited from totallymonopol...
In May 2012, Reporters Without Borders wasconcerned about the scant coverage received inMalaysia’s mainstream print media ...
Today, press freedom in Malaysia has droppedto a ranking of 145 out of 179 countries in theWorld Press Freedom Index.“The ...
Although the media in Malaysia does notprimarily decide the outcome of elections, itsrole in influencing the decision-maki...
“…access to information is a crucialpart of an enabling environment inwhich the public and civil societyorganisations can ...
“These requirements are muchneeded during an election periodwhen it is important for voters to getreliable information abo...
What Can You Do as Someone Living in Malaysia?                    “Fast” from Unbalanced Sources                    April ...
What Can You Do as Someone Living in Malaysia?                    Enjoy a Balanced Diet                    Examples of New...
What Can You Do as Someone Living in Malaysia?                   Write to your PM & MPs                   Join an online p...
This video is a non-profit effort to raise awareness for freedom of the         media in Malaysia, and for free and fair e...
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Free media 4 fair malaysia slidesharepresentation 4-15-13

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Free media 4 fair malaysia slidesharepresentation 4-15-13

  1. 1. Democracy in Malaysia A Free Media helps to promote A Fair MalaysiaThere can’t be free and fair electionswithout free and fair access to media ~ Masjaliza Hamzah, CIJ, 11 Apr 2013
  2. 2. Everyone has the right to freedomof opinion and expression.This right includesfreedom to hold opinionswithout interference, andimpart information and ideasthrough any mediaregardless of frontiers.
  3. 3. As members of the communicationprofession, journalists are to providereliable information for everyone to takepart in the democratic decision makingprocess of a country.~ National Union of Journalists PeninsularMalaysia, 4 Apr 2013Source: http://www.nujm.org/nuj/content/whats_new/wn_130404.pdf
  4. 4. Countries with high levels of governmentinterference, however, are known to usestate media:•to promote the regime in a favourable light,•vilify opposition to the government bylaunching smear campaigns•giving skewed coverage to opposition views,or•act as a mouthpiece to advocate aregimes ideology. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_media
  5. 5. In Malaysia, a proposal on electoral reformssuggests that the caretaker governmentshould be prohibited from totallymonopolising state media facilities e.g. suchas RTM and Bernama News, Bernama Radioand Bernama Television~ National Union of Journalists PeninsularMalaysia, 25 Jan 2012 Source: http://www.nujm.org/nuj/content/press_release/20120125.pdf
  6. 6. In May 2012, Reporters Without Borders wasconcerned about the scant coverage received inMalaysia’s mainstream print media suchas Utusan Malaysia, New Straits Times and TheStar on a major civil society demonstration inKuala LumpurIt also condemned the use of violence againstjournalists during the demonstration, and thecensorship of foreign TV coverage. Source: http://en.rsf.org/malaisie-major-protest-prompts-attacks-on-05-05-2012,42567.html
  7. 7. Today, press freedom in Malaysia has droppedto a ranking of 145 out of 179 countries in theWorld Press Freedom Index.“The slide is bad news not just for the mediabut for Malaysians as it means that the mediasability to bring news thats accurate, timelyand fair has been compromised.”Source: Malay Mail 31 JAN 2013 at http://www.mmail.com.my/story/malaysia-lowest-ever-press-freedom-index-46006
  8. 8. Although the media in Malaysia does notprimarily decide the outcome of elections, itsrole in influencing the decision-makingprocess of the electorate is crucial and needsto take place on a level playing field.Media restriction that creates a lopsidedsituation where Pakatan parties have no wayof responding to BN claims and attacks ormaking their case for being the nextgovernment is a deadly handicap.~ Dr Lim Teck Ghee, Director, Centre for Policy Initiatives Source: http://english.cpiasia.net/
  9. 9. “…access to information is a crucialpart of an enabling environment inwhich the public and civil societyorganisations can participate indecision-making, and the media canreport in the public interest andscrutinise wrongdoing and corruptionin the public sector. It is, as a result, akey part of a sound developmentprogram, as well as being a humanright.” Source: http://cijmalaysia.org
  10. 10. “These requirements are muchneeded during an election periodwhen it is important for voters to getreliable information about electionissues and candidates and not publicrelations material — so they knowwho best to cast their votes for.” Source: http://cijmalaysia.org
  11. 11. What Can You Do as Someone Living in Malaysia? “Fast” from Unbalanced Sources April 22 – 24, 2013 A 3-day "fast“. For example, if you believe that state-controlled media do not provide 50:50 balance, then for these 3 days, you can stop delivery of your newspapers, refrain from purchasing such media, and not watch these news channels for the 3 days. More info: free2fairmalaysia.weebly.com Free2FairMalaysia @ Gmail . com
  12. 12. What Can You Do as Someone Living in Malaysia? Enjoy a Balanced Diet Examples of News Media that currently have balanced coverage: •TheMalaysianInsider.com •BFM.my (BFM89.9 Radio) •FreeMalaysiaToday.com •fz.com •TheEdgeMalaysia.com
  13. 13. What Can You Do as Someone Living in Malaysia? Write to your PM & MPs Join an online petition that calls upon the BN caretaker gov to: 1.Ensure all political parties have free and fair access to state-owned media and the opposition be given sufficient air time, coverage and opportunity to rebut criticisms 2.Ensure a series of at least 12 televised debates on key policy areas affecting the people and special sessions for smaller parties 3.Assure privately owned media that there shall be no retaliation against those who give equal coverage to all contesting political parties. Go to: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-prime-min
  14. 14. This video is a non-profit effort to raise awareness for freedom of the media in Malaysia, and for free and fair elections. No funds were received for its creation, and the production is for non-commercial purpose only. If there is any objections to any sources used, please do email me at the address below, and effort will be made to review and make the necessary corrections. Credits Soundtrack from Song of Freedom from Dr Who; Composed by Murray Gold. Available on itunes.Free2FairMalaysia @ Gmail . com
  15. 15. Democracy in Malaysia A Free Media helps to promote A Fair Malaysia Together, We Make A DifferenceFree2FairMalaysia @ Gmail . com

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