In conjunction with World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2017, the Bar Council Continuing Professional Development and Malaysiakini are collaborating to organise this event to provide a platform for the fourth estate — comprising the press and citizen journalists and, by extension, people who generate everyday content for the public — to understand how Malaysian law regulates a key right enshrined in the Federal Constitution, ie the freedom of expression. The speakers for this event are representatives from both the legal community and media industry, who will examine and analyse how the exercise of the freedom of expression can be challenged, and how to safeguard this right in times of heightened political, religious and racial contestations.
BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)
MINISTERS, officials and elected representatives routinely make comments. These are reported by the media and attract all kinds of comments, some adverse. As happened recently, when a lawmaker suggested a solution for rape of underage victims. Journalists and editors are often threatened with a lawsuit. This may discourage the paper from reporting; which ultimately thwarts the right of the public to know.
When can a newspaper report a speech or statement – which may be defamatory – and yet successfully fend off any threat of a lawsuit?
KUALA LUMPUR: Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming has urged Malaysians to learn from the resistance put up by the American media and civic groups against US President Donald Trump.
He said Malaysians should aspire to become like those Americans who were challenging the Trump administration.
“The civil societies and independent media are reacting to what Trump is doing and we can see the check and balance happening in his administration,” Ong said yesterday at a forum at the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights in Bangsar.
The forum discussed an executive order that Trump signed on Monday to block citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. It was a revision of an earlier order that provoked protests at American airports and elsewhere and was ultimately blocked by a federal appeals court. Read more