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Penang journos stand in solidarity

Sun 2014-Sep-7 @ +08 12:00:11 pm

Memorandum to Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi, Penang Chief Police Officer

Penang Press Club, Pertubuhan Wartawan dan Jurugambar Media Cina Pulau Pinang (Pewaju), Persatuan Wartawan-wartawan Seberang Perai, Penang Press Employees’ Cooperative Society Ltd and the Journalists Union of North Malaya are declaring our solidarity with fellow journalist Susan Loone who was arrested by the Penang police for carrying out her duties and responsibilities assigned to her by her employer Malaysiakini, and urge the police to drop all charges against her immediately.

Uphold justice,
stop heavy-handed
politicians

The action against Susan Loone can only be construed as overzealous and political victimisation.

Any form of political victimisation and demands on reporters to take certain lines in their stories goes against the fundamental role that the public demands of our profession…

Journalists play a critical public interest role and to criminalise the work we do is unacceptable.

Memo from Journalists
of northern Malaysia


We invite every believer in free journalism to show their solidarity and support members of the Press, especially Susan Loone, and urge the Penang police to provide a safe environment for journalists and photographers to carry out its responsibilities without fear or favour.

The use of the Sedition Act against Susan Loone for a phone interview conducted with Penang state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh can only be construed as overzealous and political victimisation. Any form of political victimisation and demands on reporters to take certain lines in their stories goes against the fundamental role that the public demands of our profession.

This is the second time in recent years that our fellow reporter has been victimised for straightforward reporting.In 2008, Penang-based Sin Chew Daily journalist Tan Hoon Cheng was arrested under the draconian Internal Security Act for simply reporting remarks made by a politician.

It is for this reason that we are supporting the Malaysian Bar Council that has embarked on a campaign to have the Sedition Act repealed; we are doing so as we have once again witnessed first-hand how a draconian act has been used against one of our own.

Tan Heng Choon, detained under the ISA for 18 hours in 2008

We would also like to invite the Penang police to work with us to uphold justice and to stop heavy-handed attempts by certain politicians to infringe on journalists and suppress the truth.

As citizens of a democratic country, we are concerned with the attempts by politicians with hidden agendas to undermine the healthy relationship that the press and the police of this nation have cultivated over the years.

We hope the police will take affirmative steps to ensure that these dark and hidden forces do not impede its mission and vision of carrying out its duties of protecting its citizens, including journalists.

We also urge politicians from both sides of the political divide to publicly defend press rights in this country, and to help us resist any attempts to silence us. Journalists play a critical public interest role and to criminalise the work we do is unacceptable. We are currently finding ourselves in the front lines of the struggle for freedom and justice with little or no safety net.

We therefore urge thinking politicians from both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan to defend our right to work in an environment without fear and intimidation from forces that want to silence and oppress the media in Malaysia.

This memorandum is from the Penang Press Club, Pertubuhan Wartawan dan Jurugambar Media Cina Pulau Pinang (Pewaju), Persatuan Wartawan-wartawan Seberang Perai, Penang Press Employees’ Cooperative Society Ltd and the Journalists Union of North Malaya.

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4 Comments
  1. Sun 2014-Sep-7 @ +08 22:35:09 pm 22:35

    There’s no Indian ,Malay zero Chinese ,all Malaysian .

  2. Mon 2014-Sep-8 @ +08 09:09:46 am 09:09

    Wasn’t Tan Hoon Cheng arrested for her “own protection“?

    Syed Hamid had said at the time she had been arrested “for her own protection” and that police had acted on information of a threat on her life.

    I love how the politicians outdo themselves with their stupidity.

    • uppercaise permalink*
      Mon 2014-Sep-8 @ +08 09:27:13 am 09:27

      Yes that was what they said to justify her detention

  3. Shadaan permalink
    Wed 2014-Sep-10 @ +08 01:09:35 am 01:09

    The new repressive laws, arrests of opposition activists, and now journalist continued to bring dubious criminal charges and abuse of human justice. On one side they are all about religion and morality but fail in fairness and justice. Are you people with God as you say and are you all acting like Gods yourself.

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