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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

PKR lets media in, PM's Office keeps media out


While PKR has lifted a ban on two mainstream media organisations from covering its press conferences, other news organisations found themselves barred from covering the MOU signing of Selangor’s water restructuring exercise in Putrajaya.

It's between the state and the federal governement.

PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil said he removed thesign previously placed at the party headquarter’s press conference hall entrance, which bars newspaper Utusan Malaysia and broadcaster TV3 the PKR’s press conferences.

BN leaders have previously accused the Pakatan Rakyat component party of practising double standards for barring the two media organisations despite constantly preaching on press freedom.

Recently, the group Gerakan Media Marah (Geramm) had alsocondemned such restrictions as a violation of media freedom two weeks ago, when the signboard was displayed.

A TV3 reporter covered the press conference with party leaders this morning, but it is unclear if Utusan reporters were present

At Putrajaya,
according to journalists, those barred from covering the signing of the MoU on Selangor’s at the Prime Minister’s Office include MalaysiakiniThe Malaysian Insider, Channel News AsiaThe Malay Mail, and The Malay Mail Online.

Meanwhile, Geramm issued a statement yesterday condemning the incident where red paint was splashed on Malaysiakini’s office, along with a live duck in a box left at the door, and photos of the Seputeh MP Teresa Kok.

It says that the incident is an attempt to intimidate a media organisation, as well as damaging property and causing suffering to an animal.

“Geramm wishes to stress that it is unreasonable for any party to threaten media practitioners, or construe reports such as those produced by Malaysiakini as a form of support for a party or individual politicians,” it said.  

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