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It’s your right to know – put Khairy on the spot

Tue 2011-Jul-26 @ +08 00:10:44 am

8pm to 10pm, Friday 29 July 2011
Bar Council auditorium,
Level 1, No 15 Leboh Pasar Besar
50050 Kuala Lumpur
Admission is free

And also ask Charles Santiago and Prof Abu Bakar Munir

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The banning of books. The censorship of news. Restricted access to public records. Control over what the media can print and air. Are these restrictions justified?

Should the Government police what we write, read, view and disseminate?

Put MPs Charles Santiago and Khairy Jamaluddin, and Professor Abu Bakar b Munir on the firing line at a public forum on “Freedom of Information – Your Right to Know”. Ask them about the current state of freedom of information in Malaysia.

Charles Santiago
Member of Parliament for Klang
Professor Abu Bakar b Munir
Dean of the Law Faculty,
University of Malaya

Khairy Jamaluddin
Member of Parliament for Rembau

Masjaliza Hamzah
Centre for Independent Journalism

Article 10 of the Federal Constitution states that, subject to certain conditions, “Every citizen has the right to freedom of speech and expression”.

However, access to public information and records in Malaysia is restricted by laws such as the Official Secrets Act 1972, Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, Sedition Act 1949 and Internal Security Act 1960. The free flow of information through the media, particularly the mainstream media, is also restricted by legislation.

Should the Government police what we write, read, view and disseminate?

The coverage of the BERSIH 2.0 rally of 9 July 2011 demonstrates how reporting on the same event by the mainstream media on the one hand, and by the Internet and social media on the other, can be contradictory: Were there 5,000 or 50,000 protestors in the streets of Kuala Lumpur? Were the protestors violent? Were the security forces violent? Which is the truth, and do you have a right to know?

This forum is the first in a series of public fora entitled “MPs in Conversation” featuring Members of Parliament and commentators, and is conducted by the Bar Council Constitutional Law Committee in collaboration with The Nut Graph and with the support of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

The “MPs in Conversation” series is held in conjunction with the release of The Nut Graph’s book “Understanding the Dewan Rakyat” in March 2011.

To register, please download the registration form.

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One Comment
  1. sr2 permalink
    Tue 2011-Jul-26 @ +08 13:27:34 pm 13:27

    on the contrary, I applaud Khairy for making this debate possible and putting himself on the front-line.
    Things may not always be how it seems at first glance.

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