PRESS RELEASE DATED 15 MARCH 2016
HAKAM laments the fact that one of the factors, aside from commercial considerations – which has prompted the closure of the TMI – was its prolonged blocking by the government. According to its chief editor-director, Jahabar Sadiq, no clear reasons nor notification have to-date been given for this drastic anti-media act.
It is widely acknowledged that TMI provided balanced reporting consonant with the highest professional journalistic standards throughout its existence these past 8 years. The government’s undemocratic action to shut out critical reporting, especially as related to the notorious scandals, shames us in the eyes of all right thinking people; and denigrates our standing in the international community.
We urge the government to rethink its repressive stance against media freedom as it undermines and subverts the rule of law – a fundamental and non-negotiable precept of our Rukun Negara.
TMI’s closure date – 14th March 2016 – will go down in the annals of media freedom as a dark and dreary spot.
Issued on behalf of HAKAM Executive Committee