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Wednesday October 2, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday October 2, 2013 MYT 7:49:41 AM
MALAYSIA’s World Press Freedom (WPF) ranking, which dropped from 122th to 145th spot last year, was partly due to concerns over the treatment of journalists who covered the Bersih 2.0 protests, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
He denied that the drop was due to political pressure on the media, saying that some media personnel were allegedly assaulted by the demonstrators during the street protests held in Kuala Lumpur last year. These incidents, he said, had affected Malaysia’s ranking in the report, which surveyed some 179 countries by the media NGO Reporters Without Borders.
“It has nothing to do with the Government as it involved the safety of the reporters who were allegedly beaten up by demonstrators,” he said in response to a supplementary question by Datuk Raime Unggi (BN-Tenom) during Question Time.
Raime had also asked the Government whether Bernama TV would give fair coverage to all political parties.
Ahmad Shabery said the ministry was looking into restructuring Bernama TV to ensure more coverage to Opposition parties.
“Bernama TV had given a fair and in-depth coverage of the DAP central executive committee elections,” he said.
“The station does not provide coverage to only certain political parties.”
On the station’s operational costs this year, Ahmad Shabery said it was about RM1mil a month.
“We are looking at ways to reduce the costs.”
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