Saturday, January 07, 2006

Gov't not interfering in press freedom?

Now, BN politicians, including DPM Najib Tun Razak and Deputy Information Minister Donald Lim Siang Chai are telling the people and the world that the action against China Press is not meant for the government to interfere in press freedom.

But, I have also been told by some Chinese mainstream TV reporters that no public comments and analyses on the action against China Press itself would be published or aired. May be my informants are only themselves frightened whereas there is no explicit instruction issued by any authorities to that effect.

Could the Prime Minister and Minister for Internal Affairs Abdullah Ahmad Badawi issue a written and specific statement to clarify whether the mainstream media, whatever their language streams, can or cannot publish or air public comments and analyses on the government's action against China Press ?