Journalists can’t even walk for freedom, they are just invited to a dialogue and tea with the Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim. Reason – security and traffic. A whole lot of bullshit!
Only boring talks within enclosed walls are allowed, like the closet minds of journalists. What exactly are the authorities frighten about? That tomorrow, after the walk, all newspapers will be free, and journalists will start shooting away, discarding their fear of losing their rice bowl? Puhleez…!
Anyway, for the change of plan, read BENAR’s website.
Earlier, I blogged that:
I am taking the opportunity here to publicise the BENAR walk for journalists and media freedom on 1 June at the Independence Square (Dataran Merdeka). You can read more about it here at the BENAR’s website. Wear yellow they say, because it’s a reflection of the People’s Activity.
The event, by the way, is organised by BENAR, Centre for Independent Journalism and the National Union of Journalists (corrected!).
Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim will be delivering the keynote address, explaining his views about the road to Media Freedom.
Zaid Ibrahim and media freedom…hmmm?
According to BENAR, Zaid “has said and done things that have pleased the people, especially the legal community, and has conveyed a very positive feeling about what he intends to accomplish”.
Although he blames someone else for the report lodged against the media for publishing the controversial Royal Commission of Inquiry Report on the V.K. Lingam video clip, Zaid must explain his stand on what he exactly means by “media freedom”.
It’s not enough just to say “I am not the person who asked for a police report to be lodged“.
In fact he defended the government by saying “It is the practise of any responsible government. There is some information that is not ready to be digested by the public”.
The problem with this kind of statement is that “not ready” is up to the whims and fancies of some individual in the government. It can be abused and mis-used and at the end of the day, the media becomes the scapegoat, as we see happening so many times. Think 1987. STAR closure, etc,etc.
So, where does it leave journalists?