Rocky Bru said “I said I was confident that under Najib’s watch we witness the abolition of such archaic regulations as the PPPA, which among other things requires newspapers to renew their publishing licences annually”. (The Media Under Najib)
I almost chocked, as I feel the print media journalist must feel now after reading these guidelines (Malaysiakini)!
The Home Ministry’s year end present to journalists has given new meaning/value to what is “undesirable” and what is to be “banned”. It’s really like asking the journalists to go commit suicide, sorry to those friends who are still in the media!
But this is Great for politicians! More reasons now to vote Najib’s government out!
But looking at the guidelines again, it seems Utusan Malaysia may be one of the newspapers that may be in trouble soon, if this reads properly:
“The draft also outlines materials that are banned outright, including written material that is prejudiced about any race or religion, content that touches on religious and cultural sensitivities, and seditious material”. (Malaysiakini)
Malaysiakini has already got into trouble for their cowhead protest videos:
The draft defines “undesirable” materials as including “news, articles or information that is exaggerated” and which can “confuse the public”.
“The controversial cow-head protest was raised as a case in point, with the ministry claiming that publishing photos of the protest was “detrimental to public interest” and akin to inciting racial tensions”.
Hiya, it looks like the print media will be a very boring place to visit soon!
- “detailed reports” on criminal offences such as rape, murders and robberies are banned on the ground that the coverage “usually does not reflect the actual incident”.
- Matters that typically require common sense in publication, such as those relating to religion and decency, are explained in far greater detail than before, complained participants.
- For example, articles may not discuss “open lifestyles” beyond religious and societal norms. This means a ban on topics of cohabitation, adultery, homosexuality and counter-culture movements (black metal, punk and skinheads were three examples given).
- Dolls, figurines, illustrations and sex aids which portray human genitals may not be published, along with pictures of anyone in suggestive poses, or who is semi-nude or wears skimpy clothing.
- The document also deems models in G-strings as too ‘hot’ for publication, along with advertisements for escort services and guest relations officers…
Thanks to the Najib government, I believe the online media would be doing very well from now on.