Friday, May 7, 2010
CIJ tells BFM radio what WPFD is about and why M'sia ranks low in press freedom
Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) Executive Officer Masjaliza Hamzah explains to BFM radio what WPFD is about, drawing as example some of the recent threats faced by journalists in Malaysia and where we stand in the world in terms of press freedom. On the prevalence of self-censorship in newsrooms, she explains how that came about (it's something to do with whom we elect as MPs - i.e. lawmakers and not longkang inspectors) and how detrimental it is not just to the public but backfires on the media owners themselves. She says the country has to take responsibility for its role in the low rank in terms of press freedom, and gives a few pointers for us to take going forward. Hear the interview in depth and detail here.