NUJ condemns assaults on journalists

Activists chased, journalist hit at Adam vigil in Penang - Malaysiakini

Activists chased, journalist hit at Adam vigil in Penang – Malaysiakini

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) condemns the attack on reporters by an unruly group, believed to be sent to distrupt the vigil attended by more than 100 nongovernmental organisation (NGO) members, students, social activists and several state Pakatan Rakyat leaders in Penang yesterday.

The candlelight vigil held in Esplanade was to show solidarity for student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim who was arrested on Saturday (May 18) for alleged offences under the Sedition Act, Oriental Daily’s reporter Ooi Chun Nam and Sin Chew Daily reporter Cheah Chin Liang were assaulted by the group when they tried to help vigil organiser Sean Ho from being run over by an attacker on a motorcycle. They have since lodged a police report.

The Penang state government has written an official letter to police chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi urging him to seriously probe the various incidents of violence allegedly perpetrated by BN supporters since the general elections. – » Malaysiakini

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Police question Free Malaysia Today reporters

Free Malaysia Today reporters Lisa J Ariffin and Alyaa Azhar have been questioned by police about their accounts on democracy activist Haris Ibrahim’s reported threat to topple the government through a massive street rally.

They were called to give their statements to the ASP Ananthan Rajoo of Dang Wangi district police.

Harris Ibrahim was reported to have said on May 13: “We will take to the streets and take over Putrajaya. If we really want to overthrow them, there is no other way. Democracy does not work. The people cannot wait anymore. We don’t want to wait another five years. We will take the streets.” He said the street protests would go on with or without support from the opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat.

It was not clear if Haris will be investigated under the Sedition Act or under the Penal Code.

Student activist Adam Adli Halim has been arrested under the Penal Code and the Sedition Act, and has been placed in remand, for reportedly calling for the Barisan Nasional to be brought down through street rallies.

ASP Ananthan told Free Malaysia Today that the police had been monitoring Adam’s movements prior to the forum. “He had been calling for a massive street rally even before May 13,” he explained.

On May 13, speakers at a public forum had unanimously agreed that waiting for five years until the next general election was too long, and vowed to force out the Barisan Nasional from government this year.

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UPSI student rally – on the scene video

Scenes of the police assault on the protesters begin at 3:58

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Student leader Safwan in critical condition after ‘assault by police’

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  • Police beating up students in lockup — Parti Socialis

  • ‘Umno thugs’ attacked students at rally — blog

  • Flag protester Adam Adli among those arrested


An unconscious Safwan Anang being taken to Slim River hospital in critical condition. Twitter photo by Solidariti Mahasiswa

Student leader Mohd Safwan Anang was critically injured after being attacked and assaulted in a police lockup after being arrested at a New Year’s Eve student rally for academic freedom, held at University Pendidikan Sultan Idris in Tanjung Malim last night.

Details of the attack were not immediately available. On-the-scene reports sent via Twitter messages said Safwan had lost consciousness after the attack and had initially been taken to Tanjung Malim hospital. Parti Socialis Malaysia said Safwan had been seriously assaulted by police while at the police lockup, and was in critical condition. He had been transferred to Slim River hospital.

Parti Socialis also said another person had received stitches in Tanjung Malim hospital for his injuries
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Adam’s attacker a KL traffic cop?

The man who tried to punch student activist Adam Adli could be a Kuala Lumpur traffic policeman, according to unconfirmed information received by this blog on Thursday. No further details were made available. Earlier this week, the attacker was reported to have identified himself as Ruslan Mokhtar according to online news site AntaraPos.

Yesterday, Adam Adli gave a statement to police about the report he made after the attack, which took place outside Bukit Aman federal police headquarters on Monday. He had gone to Bukit Aman to seek advice on intimidation and threats made against him following his action last Saturday in lowering a banner with the image of Umno president Najib Tun Razak, replacing it with a protest banner for five minutes.

Earlier this week, Adam had told the press: “I believe that he was a plain-clothes police officer as he was present in the meeting room in Bukit Aman. But when he attempted to punch me at the press conference, no one tried to stop him. There were other uniformed officers but I noticed that they didn’t take any action.”

The statement he made yesterday was in relation to the attack and not about the flag incident. Adam has been issued a show cause letter by ahthorities at Universiti Pengajian Sultan Idris for allegedly having tarnished the institution’s good name, Bernama reports.