The press in black – but the dream lives on
Black is the colour of anger, sorrow and hope
Chinese-language newspapers in Malaysia published black & white front pages on World Press Freedom Day May 3 and May 4 in protest against police assaults on journalists on April 28 and in sorrow at Malaysia’s dismal rankings in world press freedom indices.
…without an ideal, there will be no future. And there will be hope only if we retain our dream.
We hope that one day, we will no longer be forced to cover our mouths.
We hope that one day, we will no longer be forced to lock up the truth in the black box.
We hope that one day, we will no longer put on black shirts in great sorrow.
We hope that one day, we can sing in the words of the old spiritual, as Martin Luther King, Jr said in his famous speech “I Have a Dream” — “Free at last ! Free at last!…”
LIM MUN FAH
Translation by Soong Phui Jee
Sin Chew Daily