Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Lulu Hopes The Press Will Press On And See What They Can Acheive When Unite In Protest Against A Wrong

Last Friday, the Parliament administration issued a notice to all media organisations informing them that they could only send no more than five journalists to cover the ongoing session. The letter explained that the decision was due to concern over security.
Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz maintained that only five journalists from each media organisation would be allowed into Parliament despite protests from the media.
“Five is more than enough. If five is not enough then something is wrong with you all. It shows you are not efficient. It’s as simple as that"

Parliament admin [whoever they are cos Nazri and Pandikar Amin are owning up to the instruction] weren't bluffing.
this greeted the "not efficient" press when they came to parliament this morning.

The press was not allowed beyond the red ribbon.
The journalists were forced to operate in a small corner where press conferences are normally held.

In protest, journalists from all print, online and electronic media [not just the usual bad boy Malaysiakini but also the mainstream press] have decided to only cover the proceedings in the Dewan Rakyat and boycott all press conferences or events held outside of the chamber.
Its such a big deal that even the news on RTM1, RTM2, TV3, NTV7 and Ch8 covered the boycott.

Chief editors have lent their support to colleagues protesting restrictive moves imposed by Parliament authorities, saying the decision was an unnecessary hindrance and an insult to the press. The Star has recorded support from China Press editor-in-chief, The Star group chief editor, New Straits Times Press Group editor-in-chief , Nanyang Siang Pau, Sin Chew Daily executive editor-in-chief and The Sun consultant editor.

Lulu hopes the press will press on until they get to move around freely in Parliament again.
and after they win this battle, Lulu hopes the media boss will send a strong message to the ruling party that enough is enough. Freedom of the press reigns, and they will write as their conscience dictates.
hope so, hope so, hope so.

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