Black for media freedom
Chinese papers go black in protest
The front pages of leading Chinese newspapers “went black” for World Press Freedom Day today in protest against reporters and photographers being bashed up at the Bersih mass rally on Saturday.
Sin Chew Daily, Nanyang Siang Pau, China Press, Guang Ming Daily and Oriental Daily went without colour to remind readers and authorities of the struggles that pressmen face while carrying out their duties.
Chinese Newspaper Photographers had initiated the idea for journalists to wear black and don a yellow ribbon.
Sin Chew Daily editor-in-chief Pook Ah Lek said the paper decided to act in solidarity because many press people had been assaulted at the rally.
Nanyang Siang Pau editor-in-chief Chong Choong Nam hoped the authorities would be reminded that media personnel should be given protection by the police.
based on a report in the Star