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‘Don’t beat up journalists’ petition to govt today

Tue 2012-May-15 @ +08 02:07:51 am

“Don’t Beat Up Journalists” is the title of a petition that will be handed to the government today by journalists protesting against the assaults, manhandling and acts of intimidation suffered by reporters and photographers on duty at the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28.

The team comprises reporter Radzi Razak, editor Chen Shaua Fui, photojournalist Wong Kin Onn, photographer P Nathan and videographer Shufiyan Shukur.

They are expected to call at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya to hand in the petition, which calls on the government to make a public apology to journalists, carry out an impartial and independent public inquiry, return or make restitution of equipment confiscated, damaged or lost, and adequate compensation for injuries and distress suffered while on duty.

More than a dozen reporters, photographers and videographers have made reports about being assaulted by police and manhandled or intimidated. Equipment was also confiscation, lost or damaged and images erased from photographic data storage cards under intimidation or threat of violence.

The petition has been signed by journalists, friends and supporters and endorsed by the National Union of Journalists Peninsular Malaysia. It has the support of more than 4,000 people.

An officer of the PM’s Office is expected to receive the petition, which is addressed to the prime minister, the home minister and the inspector-general of police.

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