【Forum】One Pen, Ten Thousands Men — — Media Freedom in Malaysia

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Online news portal The Malaysian Insider(TMI), which turned eight last month,has been blocked by the Multimedia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

Since the disclosure of 2.6 billion scandal, Malaysian government has continued to crackdown of alternate news portals and  tightening the noose of censorship around the necks of Malaysia’s vibrant online news portals.

It noted the block on TMI followed similar censorship against regional news site Asia Sentinel, publishing platform Medium.com, whistleblower publication Sarawak Report, and socio-political blogs OutSyed The Box, Din Turtle and Minaq Jingo.

The draconian action clearly violates point seven of the Multimedia Super Corridor Bill of Guarantees which guarantees no Internet censorship.

The government also plans to table amendments to the Communications and Multimedia Act to introduce heavier penalties for offences under the Act.

Malaysians should be very concerned with the increased cases of Internet censorship by the government in recent months, signalling worse days ahead for freedom of expression and information in Malaysia.

KLSCAH Youth Section will be organizing a forum, 3 speakers are invited to be the panelists on this forum. The details of the forum as below:

Date:22 March 2016 (Tuesday )
Time:8:30 PM
Venue:Auditorium of KLSCAH (Jalan Maharajarela , Kuala Lumpur)
Topic: One Pen, Ten Thousands Men — — Media Freedom in Malaysia

Speaker:
1.Chang Teck Peng (Media Researcher)
2.Zunar (Political cartoonist)
3.Zulkifli Sulong (The Malaysian Insider Features & Analysis Editor)

The forum will be conducted in bilingual. Free admission & all are welcome.

For further enquiry, please contact the assistant secretary of the KLSCAH at tel: 03-2274 6645.

自爆發“26億門”事件後,我國政府不斷加強管制媒體,嚴打異議網站及限制資訊流通。上個月杪,網絡媒體《馬來西亞内幕者》在邁入第8周年之際,政府毫無預警地封鎖了這家網站。

在這之前,通訊與多媒體委員會接連封鎖了《砂拉越報告》、淨選盟網站、《亞洲前哨報》、網志發佈平臺《Medium》和幾個部落格。

前首相馬哈迪在推薦多媒體超級走廊時,簽署保證書(Bill of Guarantees),承諾不會審查互聯網。馬來西亞憲法亦賦予人民享有言論自由。如今,政府濫用《1998年通訊與多媒體法令》打壓媒體自由,顯然地已經違反當初的保證書及憲法精神,剝奪了人民的言論自由與知情權。

眾所周知,媒體是民主社會的第四權。媒體報導除了作為資訊傳達,還富有監督政府的責任與權力。對於社會上各種議題,無論涉及何方,媒體都應保有自由去報導、討論,讓人民有權利獲得足夠的報導資訊,並且下判斷。

職是之故,隆雪華青舉辦是次講座,邀請3位主講人,為大家點評此課題。

日期:2016年3月22日(星期二)
時間:晚上8時30分
地點:隆雪華堂樓上講堂
講題:一支筆,一萬人—-—論媒體與言論自由

主講人:

莊迪澎(媒體研究學者)
Zunar (政治漫畫家)
Zulkifli Sulong (馬來西亞内幕者分析編輯)

講座以雙語進行,入場免費,歡迎大家踴躍出席。
任何疑問,歡迎聯絡隆雪華堂秘書處 03-2274 6645
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