Petition : Stop Political Interference In The Media

One of the cornerstones of an accountable, transparent democracy is a free, fair and independent media. This helps to build confidence in the Government and in its processes. We, the undersigned, would therefore insist that the Government stop interfering in newsrooms and that it repeal the licensing provisions in the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984. We make this appeal in the light of the recent ‘show-cause’ letter sent to China Press. In this instance, as reported in The Straits Times, the public seem to remain sceptical over Commission, Opposition and police reports that the woman in the ‘nude ear-squats’ case was Malaysian rather than a Chinese national. The only way to rectify this is to re-build public confidence in the media, which is in turn only possible if the press are seen to be free, fair and independent. Thank you, The Undersigned.

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This petition is sponsored by the \"Action against Political Interference in the Media\" or API-Media, a coalition of 53 civil society and political groups in Malaysia. This action is coordinated by the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), an organisation that seeks to improve journalism practice & independence through training, advocacy, research & analysis, and practical experience. http://www.cijmalaysia.org

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API-Media & CIJ is extremely concerned with the gradual erosion of media independence in Malaysia. To download the hard copy of this petition, go to : http://www.cijmalaysia.org/display_story.aspID=303 The number of signatories shall be collated and updated once a day. There are currently 173 signatures to this online petition (updated 18 Feb 2006, 1655 MYT)

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