The media industry in Malaysia, like most work sectors, suffered greatly when COVID-19 hit and with the change of government this year. In the last year alone:
– Several newspapers closed down, reduced their newsstand prices or reduced the number of times it prints in a week. – Many journalists and media personnel were retrenched or are in the process of being let go, with some going to court to fight their case. – Journalists, bloggers and individual media entities are being investigated by the State or have court proceedings initiated against them.
Call on the Prime Minister, the Communications and Multimedia Minister and the Home Affairs Minister to act!
Stop the crackdown on the media, and drop and cease all current and future investigations or court cases into journalists or media entities.
Spearhead interim, financial aids and measures to ensure the sustainability of the media during this difficult time.
Prioritise the issue of unemployed media personnel and those whose jobs are at threat due to COVID-19 or the economy, through economic stimulus packages.
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