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BANGKOK 16 November 2018 03:51
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Malaysian government promises more press freedom

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Malaysian government promises more press freedom

 

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The new Malaysian government led by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has given an assurance that press freedom in the country would be given more space to grow, national news agency Bernama reported.

 

Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah was quoted as saying that Malaysia was now going through a political transition towards a mature democratic country, and the media plays a crucial role in realizing the objective.

 

He said the government had been more open and willing in embracing press freedom, especially after the 14th general election.

 

Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/malaysian-government-promises-press-freedom/

 

 
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1 hour ago, rooster59 said:

Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah was quoted as saying that Malaysia was now going through a political transition towards a mature democratic country, and the media plays a crucial role in realizing the objective.

In contrast to Thailand. 

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As a  mere tourist I honestly didn't feel any feelings of control by the Maylasian government. 

 

I suspect it may be  different if I became a long time resident there  but as yet I haven't done that.

 

 

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On ‎7‎/‎14‎/‎2018 at 9:07 AM, watcharacters said:

 

As a  mere tourist I honestly didn't feel any feelings of control by the Maylasian government. 

 

I suspect it may be  different if I became a long time resident there  but as yet I haven't done that.

 

 

Was based in Malaysia from 1991 to 1999 and had numerous business visits thereafter. The mainstream press was tightly controlled by BN and, outside of the Malay strongholds in the NE (particularly Nik Aziz in Kelantan with PAS), they were not challenged due to their crony politics and the MCA / MIC poodles within the ruling coalition.

The restriction on foreign news being openly allowed to be accessed by the public was more easily seen from the mid 90's onwards when internet sites were closely monitored and the International channels (particularly news channels) were (and still are, I believe) subject to a 3/4 minute transmission delay. I recall the KL street demos around the Anwar trials in the late 90's and the CNN feed was often blanked out or, for shorter news reports, a news segment was clearly taken out.

Even the sports coverage was subject to this delay. I can recall watching the CL final in 1999 and, coming to the end of the game, switching on the BBC World service radio coverage for their take on the last few minutes of the game. Watching the TV, the score was 1-0 to BM, whereas the BBC had just reported the final score as 2-1. Kind of spoiled the final TV minutes!!

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