Malaysia: PM’s promise of sweeping reforms does not extend to media freedom

PM’s promise of sweeping reforms does not extend to media freedom, says CIJ – www.ifex.org, September 16, 2011
…The government’s unreformed position when it comes to freedom of expression is reflected in its response to the court challenge by online newspaper “Malaysiakini” to the Home Ministry’s rejection of its application for a publishing permit. Deputy Home Minister Abu Seman Yusop in his affidavit-in-reply filed on 12 September, said permits were a “privilege”, and the denial of permits cannot be equated to denial of the right to free speech. This position ignores the people’s right to information, especially those who do not have Internet access and are thus deprived of alternative, freer media that can afford a more critical perspective…

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