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Sempena Hari Kebebasan Akhbar Sedunia (World Press Freedom Day)
3 Mei 2008

MEDIA BEBAS TUNTUTAN MASSA


Media merupakan sumber utama penyibaran maklumat dalam usaha membentuk sebuah negara bertamadun. Justeru kebebasan media adalah antara intipati penting bagi sebuah negara yang mengamalkan sistem demokrasi.

Kepentingan peranan media yang bebas ini diakui sejagat apabila 3hb Mei diisytiharkan sebagai Hari Kebebasan Akhbar Sedunia. Satu badan kajian antarabangsa; Freedom House baru-baru ini meletakkan Malaysia pada tangga ke 141 daripada 195 negara yang dikaji dalam senarai kedudukan kebebasan akhbar. Ini bermakna Malaysia tergolong dalam kategori “negara yang tidak bebas” bersama dengan negara-negara di Benua Afrika seperti Cameron dan Libya.

Akibat dari sikap kerajaan yang mengongkong media perdana maka wujud ribuan pejuang-pejuang siber pada pilihanraya ke 12 yang lalu. Para pejuang siber telah mencorak iklim politik negara dengan membentuk Tsunami Politik lalu memberi tamparan hebat kepada kerajaan Barisan Nasional.


Perdana Menteri sendiri telah mengakui kehebatan pejuang siber ini malangnya beliau tidak pula mengambil iktibar daripadanya. Tindakan pihak berkuasa menyoal siasat salah seorang penulis blogger terkenal dan seorang kolumnis akhbar The Sun di ambang Hari Kebebasan Media Sedunia menunjukkan kerajaan masih gagal memahami tuntutan massa.

Kerajaan Barisan Nasional seharusnya maklum dengan arus globalisasi dan maklumat tanpa sempadan. Apatah lagi negara ini telah merdeka lebih setengah abad. Rakyat yang merdeka memerlukan minda yang merdeka untuk turut serta membangunkan negara dan menikmati arus pembangunan tersebut.

Justeru Parti Keadilan Rakyat (KeADILan) menggesa kerajaan jangan lagi menongkah arus. Akta Mesin Cetak dan Penerbitan harus dikaji semula agar sesuai dengan kehendak zaman. Akta Kebebasan Maklumat hendaklah digubal segera sebagai langkah awal mewujudkan pentadbiran yang telus dan penuh pertanggungjawaban.

Akhirnya, saya mewakili seluruh Ahli Parlimen dari Pakatan Rakyat mengucapkan terima kasih kepada semua wartawan, aktivis dan para pejuang siber yang tidak jemu-jemu berjuang menuntut kebebasan media. Saya harap usaha ini akan diteruskan bagi memastikan ruang demokrasi terus berkembang. Selamat Maju Jaya. (tamat)


Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
Ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh

Ketua Pembangkang

Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat

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May 3, 2008 Posted by | Politics | 3 Comments

The late Daniel Gerinang

My deepest condolences to the family of the late Daniel Gerinang and Parti Keadilan Miri, Sarawak for his passing away of heart attack yesterday.

He was known to be a party activist, well-liked by everyone who came into contact with him.

One of my most memorable moments were campaigning with him and the Miri team during the last Sarawak State Assembly Elections.

May 3, 2008 Posted by | Politics | 3 Comments

Raja Petra released after 2-hour “interview”

update 7.30pm

RPK, who runs the Malaysia Today on-line, said the Commercial Crime Division of Bukit Aman had asked him to make a statement with regards to his posting headlined “Let’s send Altantuya murderers to Hell”.
He refused to make that statement, of course.
The cops gave up (for now, at least) after two hours.
RPK was accompanied by his lawyer, YB William Leong, the MP of Selayang.
Scores of journalists, bloggers and Malaysia Today supporters waited at the entrance of the Bukit Aman.
The MP of Wangsa Maju, YB Wee Choo Keong, arrived just after 5pm. After a brief discussion with Marina, RPK’s wife, Wee told her he would try and meet the cops. He asked me to accompany him. Wee took offence when the sentry on duty stepped in front of him and blocked his progress with an elbow.
“Wah, is this a police state now? I don’t think we are a police state. Are we a police state?” Wee challenged the sentry’s superiors. He said the sentry treated him like a criminal.
“If you can do this to an wakil rakyat,” he continued, “what chance does the average citizen,” he said, pointing at me, “your guard there will kick him out, hah?”
That’s YB Wee for you!

Raja Petra said the cops still had his lap top and computer. He confirmed that he was being investigated under Sedition Act.

“For two hours they tried to make me make a statement. I refused. They threatened to charge me for refusing to make a statement. I told them, go ahead and arrest me or release me right now. And i told them that if they let me walk, I don’t want to see their faces again.”

http://rockybru.blogspot.com/2008/05/rpks-breakfast-uninvited-guests.html

May 3, 2008 Posted by | Politics | 2 Comments