Repeal laws that curb media freedom, NUJ urges Government

PETALING JAYA: The National Union of Journalists Malaysia (NUJ) has urged the Government to keep its pledge to repeal the Printing, Presses and Publishing Act 1984 and other relevant laws that curb media freedom.

Its general-secretary Chin Sung Chew said such laws posed threats to journalists in the country.

"Repealing it will ensure that all efforts will be done in line with the democratic process.

"We congratulate Pakatan Harapan (PH), which has formed a new Federal Government and its top five Cabinet line-up as we extend our hands to engage and work together with our new government in all matters relating to the media industry and its practitioners," he said in a statement on Sunday (May 13).

The new government must follow through with its pledge - "10 promises in 100 days", he added.

"We look forward to all of it being fulfilled.

"As we all know, Malaysia's ranking in the World Press Freedom Index has been dropping from year to year during the previous government's administration," he said.

Reviewing and repealing, if necessary, all relevant laws immediately will not only improve the media industry's role and professionalism, but also boost its standard at global level, Chin added.

"Therefore, NUJ sincerely hopes that the Pakatan government would rectify and amend various laws and regulations that are detrimental to the profession and stifling to the development of press freedom.

"We welcome any effort by the government to engage media owners, practitioners and various organisations representing journalists to discuss further on this issue," he said.