IGP lives up to ‘Enemy of Human Rights’ label

Police chief (No. 3) and Umno-inspired hate brigade (No. 5)
take revenge by force for civil liberties lawyer’s words

 

Khalid Abu Bakar has got his own back on Eric Paulsen, by using brute force against Eric’s words, hand in hand with the Umno-inspired Malay-Muslim ultras whose extremist views and actions have raised the level of hate speech in the country with impunity.

Exactly a month after Eric listed Khalid as Human Rights Enemy No 3 and the hate brigade as No 5, the police chief and the hate brigade took their revenge.

Last night on Twitter, the Inspector-General of Police was behaving like a typical lowlife Umno cybertrooper (whose photomontages he had used on Twitter no doubt in solidarity with them).

He crowed about Eric being arrested, after having prepared the ground over the past couple of days by trying to justify the need for the Sedition Act — used against political critics but not against Malay-Muslim supremacists such as Utusan Malaysia editors who have inflamed race relations by always blaming others.

Late in the night, he bragged about Eric being put in remand. This morning, he retweeted snide remarks against Eric’s organisation Lawyers for Liberty, showing solidarity with louts.

Showing off a connection with the Saudis, who flogged a blogger in public

Raif Badawi flogged

Raif Badawi flogged

IGP stands by Saudi cop

IGP stands by Saudi cop

And as if to reinforce public perception of where he stands on Islamic issues, Khalid also showed off photos of himself with visiting head of police of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, which houses the Kaaba.

Saudi Arabia has imposed a punishment of 1,000 lashes on Raif Badawi, a blogger who set up a web site in 2008 to encourage debate on religious and political matters in Saudi Arabia.

Last Friday, Raif Badawi was flogged 50 times in public in front of a mosque in Jeddah, the first of 20 sessions. Continue reading

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IoJ: Citizens deserve freedom, too

PUTRAJAYA, Friday 3 October 2014

IoJ’s petition in the hands of the PM’s office. [IoJ photo]

Journalists today handed over to the Government a petition protesting against the arrest of Susan Loone last month under the Sedition Act; they called on the Government to enhance the freedom of citizens by repealing the Act and halting its further use until the law is abolished as promised.

They also called for any charges against Susan to be dropped. Susan, an assistant editor with Malaysiakini, was arrested in Penang on Sept 4 over a report on police action against a state executive councillor.

“We are not merely asking the Government to free Susan Loone of all charges but by presenting our petition, we are also asking for the government to enhance the freedom of all citizens,” said Tashny Sukumaran, spokesperson for the team from the Institute of Journalists Malaysia and Gerakan Media Marah (Geramm) that presented the petition to the Prime Minister’s Office here.

Datuk Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad, press secretary to the Prime Minister, received the petition and promised to hand the document over to Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

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Sedition – sense or nonsense? [video]

Al Jazeera’s Stream catches the drift

Penang journos stand in solidarity

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. Continue reading

Henti tindakan, gugur dakwaan – IoJ

Badan Wartawan Malaysia – Institute of Journalists Malaysia
5hb September 2014
Badan Wartawan Malaysia (Institute of Journalists Malaysia), sebuah badan profesional wartawan di Malaysia, menyuarakan kebimbangan serius susulan penahanan penolong pengarang Malaysiakini Susan Loone dibawah Akta Hasutan 1948 berkaitan sebuah laporan berita yang ditulis dalam menjalankan tugas sebagai wartawan.

Institute of Journalists Malaysia

Hak semua
wartawan:
bertugas tanpa
gangguan
dan tekanan

IoJ percaya bahawa adalah merupakan hak semua wartawan…

• bertugas secara profesional tanpa gangguan dan tekanan dari pihak berkuasa atau mana-mana pihak ketiga

• melaporkan semua berita serta untuk mengetengahkan pelbagai spektrum pendapat.

• kerajaan harus memenuhi janji untuk melindungi hak wartawan dalam menjalankan tugas, terutama dari sebarang bentuk gangguan atas dasar politik, perkauman atau agama

Badan Wartawan Malaysia – Institute of Journalists Malaysia


Kami percaya penahanan tersebut adalah tidak berasas dan laporan yang ditulis juga tidak dalam apa-apa bentuk berunsur hasutan, berdasarkan pengertian lazim “merendahkan pihak berkuasa”

Berdasarkan maklumat berkaitan, ahli majlis kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang telah ditemuramah oleh Susan Loone melalui panggilan telefon semasa beliau berada didalam tahanan polis dan kemudian dilaporkan oleh Malaysiakini.

Kesahihan laporan tersebut tidak pernah dipertikaikan oleh pihak polis atau Phee, sementara ketua pengarang Malaysiakini Steven Gan telah menegaskan bahawa portal berita itu mempertahankan laporan mereka.

IoJ percaya bahawa adalah merupakan hak semua wartawan untuk dibenarkan menjalankan tugas mereka secara profesional tanpa gangguan dan tekanan dari pihak berkuasa atau mana-mana pihak ketiga, samaada bermotifkan politik atau untuk sebab-sebab lain.

IoJ percaya bahawa adalah merupakan hak semua wartawan di Malaysia untuk melaporkan semua berita untuk kepentingan umum secara seimbang, tepat dan tidak berpihak, serta untuk mengetengahkan pelbagai spektrum pendapat.

Kami berpegang dengan pendapat bahawa tindakan pihak polis keatas Susan Loone dan Malaysiakini adalah merupakan satu bentuk penghinaan kepada penerimaan prinsip kebebasan media dan kebebasan bersuara di Malaysia.

Kami menyeru pihak kerajaan, Kementerian Dalam Negeri, Ketua Polis Negara dan Ketua Polis Pulau Pinang supaya menghentikan tindakan dibawah Akta Hasutan keatas Susan Loone dan Malaysiakini secara khususnya serta keatas rakyat Malaysia secara umumnya, termasuk menggugurkan semua proses dakwaan yang sedang berjalan.

Kami menggesa kerajaan Malaysia untuk memenuhi janji memansuhkan Akta Hasutan sebagai langkah untuk mengukuhkan kebebasan bersuara dan seiring dengan itu menghentikan semua tindakan dibawah Akta ini.

Kami turut menggesa pihak kerajaan supaya memansuhkan Akta Penerbitan dan Mesin Cetak 1984 bagi melindungi dan menjamin kebebasan media serta kebebasan bersuara.

Selain itu, kerajaan juga bukan sahaja harus memenuhi janji untuk melindungi hak wartawan dalam menjalankan tugas, terutama dari sebarang bentuk gangguan atas dasar politik, perkauman atau agama.

TERTANDA
Ahli Badan Wartawan Malaysia; Pengamal media Malaysia; Penyokong kebebasan media dan kebebasan bersuara

Drop the charges, stop swoop says IoJ

Statement by the Institute of Journalists Malaysia – Badan Wartawan Malaysia

Institute of Journalists Malaysia

THE RIGHT
TO REPORT
WITHOUT FEAR

• We believe it is within the right of all journalists to carry out their duties without hindrance for political or other reasons, and without external pressures.

• We believe it is the right of all journalists to report fairly, accurately and impartially on all events of public interest, and to hold and express all shades of opinion.

• We urge the Government to carry out its pledges to safeguard and protect journalists, especially from harrassment on political, racial or religious grounds

Institute of Journalists Malaysia — Badan
Wartawan Malaysia

OTHER VOICES

» Apologise to Susan
says journalists union

» An attack on our
right to know – NUJP

» They want to intimidate journalists – Geramm

» Free speech under attack – international jurists


The Institute of Journalists Malaysia, the professional body of journalists in Malaysia, expresses its serious concern over the arrest of Malaysiakini’s assistant editor Susan Loone under the Sedition Act in connection with a report she had written in the course of her professional duties.

We believe the arrest is unwarranted and that the report does not in any way amount to seditious material within the ordinary meaning of the words “to undermine authority”.

The facts available show that Susan Loone interviewed Penang state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh by telephone while he was in custody and filed her report. The accuracy of this report has not been denied either by the police or by Mr Phee, and Malaysiakini’s editor, Steven Gan, has stated that Malaysiakini stands by its story.

We believe it is within the right of all journalists to be allowed to carry out their duties professionally without hindrance by the authorities for political or other reasons, and without being subject to external pressures in the course of their duties.

We believe it is the right of all journalists to report fairly, accurately and impartially on all events of public interest.

We believe it is the right of all journalists and of all citizens to hold and express all shades of opinion.

We hold that the police action against Susan Loone and Malaysiakini is contrary to Malaysia’s acceptance of the principles of freedom of the press and freedom of expression.

We call on the Government, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Inspector-General of Police and the Chief Police Officer of Penang to halt all action against Susan Loone and Malaysiakini under the Sedition Act and for all charges already preferred or impending to be dropped.

We urge the Government of Malaysia to carry out its pledge to repeal the Sedition Act as part of its measures to enhance freedom of expression, and in view of this pledge to halt current use of the Act.

We urge the Government of Malaysia to uphold its pledge to repeal the Printing Presses and Publications Act to protect and enhance freedom of the press and freedom of expression.

We urge the Government of Malaysia to carry out its pledges to safeguard and protect journalists in the performance of their professional duties, especially from harrassment on political, racial or religious grounds.

September 5, 2014
Institute of Journalists Malaysia – Badan Wartawan Malaysia
supported by: members of the Institute of Journalists Malaysia; fellow journalists in Malaysia; friends and supporters of freedom of the press and freedom of expression

Apologise to Susan, says NUJ

Statement by National Union of Journalists Malaysia

The National Union of Journalists Peninsular Malaysia (NUJ) strongly condemns the inquiry by the police to investigate Malaysiakini reporter Susan Loone under Section 4 (1)(C) of the Sedition Act 1948.

Susan was merely doing her job as a reporter when she was arrested after being questioned over her phone interview with an exco of the Penang State Government, in which he was quoted as saying that he had been “treated like a criminal” while in detention. Her article was published on the news portal on September 1, allegedly defaming the police.

AN ATTEMPT
TO INTIMIDATE
AND INTERFERE

the Police should issue an apology to [Susan Loone] for the trauma and inconveniences caused on her and her family… The union believes the police, by invoking the Sedition Act to investigate a journalist is regarded as a means to intimidate and interfere with press freedom.
NUJ MALAYSIA

This action does not augur well for the Government’s promise to allow the Malaysian media to operate freely and without fear of their reporters being detained under questionable reasoning.

Even though the Police has the right to question anyone through complaints made by certain NGOs, we however strongly feel that the Sedition Act had been wrongly applied on Susan’s case and that the Police should issue an apology to her for the trauma and inconveniences caused on her and her family.

To abuse relevant Act by intimidating the media had never been accepted by the local media nor been supported by the general public. Continue reading

‘An attack against our right to know’

Statement by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

The NUJ of the Philippines protests the arrest of journalist Susan Loone of Malaysiakini and demand that the Malaysian police immediately drop its investigation of her and the respected independent news portal under the draconian Sedition Act.

Flimsy and
frivolous
complaints: NUJP

It was on the basis of these obviously flimsy and frivolous complaints that Loone was arrested… this latest attempt to intimidate Malaysiakini and its journalists appears to be part and parcel of an alarming tendency among Southeast Asian governments to stifle independent journalism
NUJ PHILIPPINES

Loone, Malaysiakini’s Penang-based assistant editor, was arrested over a report, ‘Exco man grilled for four hours, treated like a criminal,’ that she filed based on an interview with Penang executive councilor Phee Boon Poh on his arrest for allegedly leading an illegal “secret society.”

After the report was published, including a version in Bahasa, 14 NGOs calling themselves “The Coalition of Penang Malay Representatives,” lodged 10 reports against Loone and Malaysiakini asking that they be investigated for being “seditious” because it “intends to sow public hatred and anger against the police.”

It was on the basis of these obviously flimsy and frivolous complaints that Loone was arrested after she heeded an invitation to appear at the Northeast District police headquarters, although Malaysiakini said she was expected to be released on bail.
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Geramm condemns arrest of Susan Loone

Press statement by Gerakan Media Marah

Gerakan Media Marah (GERAMM) strongly condemns the arrest of Malaysiakini journalist Susan Loone under the Sedition Act 1948 as it goes against the basic right to freedom of the press.

The arrest by authorities is unwarranted as the journalist is only reporting based on an interview with an individual.

Any mistake in the report can be corrected or addressed through exercising the aggrieved party’s right of reply.

The arrest, on the other hand, is seen as an attempt at intimidating journalists who are merely doing their jobs.
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IoJ: Drop charges, halt sedition action

Statement by the Institute of Journalists Malaysia – Badan Wartawan Malaysia

Institute of Journalists MalaysiaThe Institute of Journalists Malaysia, the professional body of journalists in Malaysia, expresses its serious concern over the arrest of Malaysiakini’s assistant editor Susan Loone under the Sedition Act in connection with a report she had written in the course of her professional duties.

We believe the arrest is unwarranted and that the report does not in any way amount to seditious material within the ordinary meaning of the words “to undermine authority”.

THE RIGHT
TO REPORT
WITHOUT FEAR

• We believe it is within the right of all journalists to carry out their duties without hindrance for political or other reasons, without external pressures

• We believe it is the right of all journalists to report fairly, accurately and impartially on all events of public interest.

• We believe it is the right of all journalists and of all citizens to hold and express all shades of opinion.
Institute of Journalists Malaysia

The facts available show that Susan Loone interviewed Penang state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh by telephone while he was in custody and filed her report. The accuracy of this report has not been denied either by the police or by Mr Phee, and Malaysiakini’s editor, Steven Gan, has stated that Malaysiaki stands by its story.

We believe it is within the right of all journalists to be allowed to carry out their duties professionally without hindrance by the authorities for political or other reasons, and without being subject to external pressures in the course of their duties.

We believe it is the right of all journalists to report fairly, accurately and impartially on all events of public interest.

We believe it is the right of all journalists and of all citizens to hold and express all shades of opinion. Continue reading