Jul 27, 2006

No Directive To Ban Coverage For Tun Mahathir

Freedom of speech practice by Malaysia.

Excerpt from BERNAMA
No Directive To Ban Coverage For Tun Mahathir, Says Zahid

The Information Ministry has never issued any directive, written or verbal, preventing Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) and the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) from giving coverage to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Deputy Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the important principle in news reporting depended on journalism ethics and credibility of the news.

"There is no directive for the two agencies not to give coverage (to Dr Mahathir)," he told reporters after delivering a keynote address on Islam Hadhari or Civilisational Islam and Corporate Governance at a conference on Corporate Governance for Directors at Datai, here Thursday.

Thirty-five participants are attending the two day conference.

Ahmad Zahid said freedom of the press in Malaysia was still controlled through the issuing of licences and journalism ethics.

He said the Malaysian media had their own objectives in discharging their social responsibilities towards creating solidarity among Malaysians, regardless of their religious, ethnic and political background.

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