Friday, May 30, 2008

Dialogue on media freedom

Dialogue on media freedom
KUALA LUMPUR: A dialogue session between Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, members of the media and representatives of civil society will be the highlight of a talk on Media Freedom and Responsibilities tomorrow.

The talk will be held at the National Press Club's (NPC) clubhouse at 84, Jalan Tangsi, Kuala Lumpur, at 10am.

NPC and the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), the biggest body representing journalists working in mainstream media, are jointly hosting the event.

NUJ president Norila Mohd Daud urged all NUJ members to attend. She said among the issues to be discussed are media freedom, relevant laws like the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) and free flow of information.

Norila said the event would end with the handing over of a resolution on the future of media freedom to Zaid.

Among the organisations taking part in the event are, the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), Benar, a cyber group championing free and fair media, the Writers Alliance for Media Independence (Wami) and the National Alliance of Bloggers (All-Blogs).

Benar clarified in its website on Friday that there would be no gathering at Dataran Merdeka to walk to the NPC.

It urged participants to head to NPC for the talk. Norila also urged NUJ members to go directly to the NPC.

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