Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Distorted Reporting by Reporters Without Borders

Distorted Reporting by Reporters Without Borders

By Datuk Huan Cheng Guan
Centre for Political Awareness Malaysia (CPAM)

In his haste to blast the status quo for Malaysia's ranking in the World Press Index 2014, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang has forgotten that it is his own son, Lim Guan Eng, and other DAP members including Teresa Kok who have sued the media and activists for reporting issues that put them in a bad light. Shame on you, Lim Kit Siang, for clearly practising double standards.

To make a sweeping claim that the result was described as “a shame and the worst setback to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s ‘best democracy is a blatant attempt to ride on the report to cast aspersions on the credibility of the ruling coalition and to undermine confidence in our PM.

As always, Lim Kit Siang looks at Malaysia through distorted lenses. What is bad is exaggerated many times whilst what is good is swept under the carpet. He and he alone is Mr.Know-All, Mr. Say & do it right. That he has ruled DAP for over 50 years show the iron hold he has over the direction and action of the party.

If indeed press freedom does not not exist in Malaysia, why then did Lim Guan Eng threaten to sue reporters who asked him about his alleged connection with Rainbow? He is also the only CM to ban media from attending the state assembly.

If he and DAP  uphold press freedom, why did Lim Guan Eng take Free Malaysia, its staff Athi Shankar and activist Dr. Jimmy Lim to court over a report on Penang? That he does not allow criticism of his iron hand over Penang is evidence that he does not believe in press freedom.

If there is no avenue for citizens to voice their discontent, why then are netizens slamming the government for anything and everything? Even an innocent reference to kangkung has been viciously distorted to make international headlines.

If that is not clear evidence of press freedom and freedom of expression in Malaysia, what is press freedom?

“The World Press Freedom Index is a reference tool that is based on seven criteria: the level of abuses, the extent of pluralism, media independence, the environment and self-censorship, the legislative framework, transparency and infrastructure,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire. I would ask Reporters Without Borders to relook the situation in Malaysia. I believe there is too much press freedom and freedom of expression until many do not appreciate but abuse this privilege.

As for Lim Kit Siang, go look at the mirror and ask yourself whether you are a hypocrite!

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