Benar hopes to catalyse media reform

by Helen Ang

Media reform group Benar, together with CIJ, All Blogs and Wami had organised a public walk on June 1 as well as a dialogue on press freedom with de facto Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim.

Zaid did not pull his punches when he admonished mainstream media (MSM) to “tell the public the truth with no spinning”. He also challenged media practitioners: “Be honest with yourselves. If you feel strongly about the facts, do you take on the owners of the newspapers?”

Below is my Q & A (and verbal sparring) with Johann Foo, founder of Benar on the Media Freedom Walk and dialogue with the Minister.

First published in Malaysiakini on June 5, 2008

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