#MYMediaMatters campaign

Alyaa Alhadjri, a senior reporter at Malaysiakini, describes the situation for journalists in Malaysia as part of the #MYMediaMatters campaign, supported by the European Union. She says that archaic legislation and new rules continue to restrict press freedom in Malaysia.

Alyaa Alhadjri, a senior reporter at Malaysiakini. Credit: Alyaa Alhadjri

1. What does it mean to be a journalist in Malaysia?

Being a journalist in Malaysia means to be subjected to at times discriminatory practices by the government which is biased against certain media outlets. There also remains to be archaic legislation and new rules that restricts press freedom. These limitations have forced journalists to be more creative in carrying out our duties. Being a journalist in Malaysia also means being able to communicate and report in several different languages, on top of multi-tasking between platforms for example print and online media.

2. Do you see Media Freedom in Malaysia moving forward?

Media Freedom in Malaysia had briefly moved forward over the last year, but it is feared that there could be a regression after another change of administration. This is unless steps are taken to pressure the government into not undoing reforms which are already in place or promised.

3. What can we do to be better?

Explore ways to collaborate on projects to maximise our often limited resources. The media fraternity should also keep pushing for self-regulation of the industry through the proposed Malaysian Media Council.

4. What can we do to ensure media freedom?

Be in solidarity against threats to media freedom, including from authorities and government.

The #MYMediaMatters campaign is part of a multi-year project, Strengthening Malaysia’s Media for Change, supported by the European Union. For details please see the IFJ project page.

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