Resignation at ntv7 and censorship

Dr Mustafa K Anuar & Anil Netto

Charter 2000-Aliran is deeply troubled by the reported resignation of ntv7 senior producer of ‘Editor’s Time’, Joshua Wong, over what he considered to be excessive self-censorship and unwanted government interference in the station’s editorial independence.

We salute Wong for his resolute and unwavering stand on journalistic independence and professional integrity. At the same time, we are appalled by the continuing onslaught on freedom of expression. This is contrary to the BN government’s claim that it has championed press freedom. In fact, Wong’s disclosure has demolished and has made a mockery of this BN claim.

In a public statement after his resignation, Wong said that the TV station management, after receiving complaints from the Prime Minister’s Department and via the Prime Minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor, had stifled his ‘Editor’s Time’ show. Discussion of political issues and invitations to Pakatan Rakyat politicians to analyse the New Economic Model and talk about the impending Hulu Selangor by-election were apparently disallowed. Wong even claimed that Rosmah had submitted a complaint ‘all the way from Washington’ when Najib was there to meet up with President Obama.

This perhaps partly explains why ntv7’s coverage of the Hulu Selangor by-election campaign of late appears to devote so much time to the BN, unlike previously when the station provided some space for Pakatan.

The media cannot be socially responsible, free and vibrant if they are constantly subjected to the whims and fancies of the powers-that-be.

It does not augur well for the Najib administration, which professes and promises  meaningful reforms for the country, when media freedom is still shackled not only by his own administration but also, if the allegation is true, by a member of his family.

This troubling episode confirms the danger to free expresion when media ownership is heavily concentrated in the hands of a few, in this case Media Prima, which is closely associated with the ruling party.

Until we see a change of heart by the government, we hope more Wongs will step forward and defend media freedom. Change can only come when brave individuals make a stand.

The writers are coordinators, Charter 2000-Aliran


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3 Responses to “Resignation at ntv7 and censorship”
  1. mustafa says:

    Joshua is a CHINESE and probably a Christian.

    Yet I don’t see a Malay Muslims will do this kind of this. To hell with the xxxx bastard UMNO Najis and his clowns.

    You Malay Muslims in Malaysia are xxxx cowards.

    (Comment moderated for inappropriate language – Admin HMSM)

  2. Man of Honour says:

    Joshua Wong is a person of honor, unlike some of the running dogs that go around wagging their tails in between their ….s. At least he has the guts to stand up to defend his rights, unlike some of the brainless morons running around displaying their inferior mentalities.

    What this country do NOT need is a ‘Empress Dowager” poking her pi..y nose in the affairs of governance, unless those in power are just plain stupid. This totally reflects the absence of control and the lack of will power to govern effectively.

    If you are a smart a.., there is no need for media propaganda to expose your capabilities, only the weak do.

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