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Friday, August 10, 2012

Journaists are in dangerous terrotry under the UMNO regime!

We all know that western journalists go all out to cover the news in the Arab Spring countries -- many at the risk of their life. Lucky ones escaped unscathed, less lucky ones return home with broken limbs, yet some don't get to go back. THESE ARE THE ONES WHO ARE EITHER DELIBERATELY KILLED BY THE RULING REGIME, or become unfortunate "COLLATERAL DAMAGE".

NegaraKu has not reached that stage when media personnel are on such dangerous mission when a momentary lapse can take away a journalist's life. But the UMNO--oh, NO!-regime in their panicked state are slowly but surely moving towards the cliff, and the horizon is nigh when some humans would become sacrificial lambs at the expense of UMNO's expediency to hold on to Federal Power, NO MATTER WHAT! Mr Prime Minister, over "crushed bodies"?

From the MI cometh this news report hinting of what will come with BERSIH's next mass-gathering if there is no evidence the Election Commission can get its act together before GE-13, instead of now acting in cahoots with the UMNO regime, Police and some sections of the Judiciary to "cow" the people. See how they "handcuffed" Rafizi Ramli who whistleblew of the National Feedlot Corp's RM250million scandal -- BUT THE NFC CHAIRMAN, WAS PRIVILEGED TO WALK INTO THE COURTS HANDCUFFS-FREE to face charges. All because he's hubby to ex-UMNO Minister and steal current Wanita UMNO thief -- oops, Chief!

This world under UMNO -- how long more would they be allowed to SHOOT THE MESSENGER?


Cops assaulted 12 journalists, NUJ tells Bersih panel

By Thanusya Shanmuganathan August 10, 2012

A Bersih supporter is surrounded by policeman during the rally for free and fair elections in Kuala Lumpur, April 28, 2012. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 ― Police were wrong to attack and injure reporters on duty at public rallies, the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) inquiry into the Bersih rally heard today from a journalists’ union leader, who added that a dozen members have complained of assaults.
“The policemen should not cause physical injuries on journalists,” said National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Malaysia secretary-general Anbalagan Veerasamy during today’s session of the inquiry.

“Even if they (journalists) have committed any offences, there is no need to hurt them. Just arrest them.”

Anbalagan, also a reporter with the New Straits Times Press, said he attended the April 28 rally to observe whether the reporters on duty that day were following standard operating procedure (SOP).

He added that it is also improper for police to confiscate personal effects of the journalists such as cameras and memory cards.

“I think the police did this so they can delete all evidence of them (police) committing violence during the rally,” he said.

Anbalagan added that to date, 12 journalists have submitted reports to NUJ, alleging they were assaulted by policemen during Bersih 3.0.

“Some journalists claim they were attacked by groups of people masquerading as policemen because they did not wear any identification tags.

“This unruly manner by the police has to stop so reporters can perform their duties, without being afraid of their safety,” he said.

He said that the Bersih rally was not “social unrest”, despite NUJ’s handbook for journalists stating that any public gathering is considered as such if any chaos occurs.

“The journalists were there on duty. They did not cause any chaos,” he said, responding to ACP Jamaluddin Abdul Rahman, who was holding a watching brief for the police.

Anbalagan also denied policemen’s allegations that they had problems identifying journalists during the rally due to the crowd.

“I do not think could have been problems to identify journalists there. Their behaviour would have shown they were journalists, even if their attire failed to do so.

“I see no reason for any confusion,” he said.

The inquiry panel, led by Suhakam vice-chairman Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee and aided by commissioners Professor Datuk Dr Mahmood Zuhdi Abdul Majid and Detta Samen, will be interviewing some 22 witnesses and selected members of the police force over a period of 22 days.

The inquiry continues on August 13. -- Malaysian Insider

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