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Media watchdog condemns harassment of journalists by Umno leaders, supporters

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Gerakan Media Merdeka (Geramm) condemns in the strongest terms the harassment by Umno leaders and supporters of two Malaysiakini intern journalists yesterday afternoon.

It is even more concerning that the incident involved a male politician against a female journalist who had reportedly urged that her personal space be respected, only to be met with expletives.

According to a Malaysiakini report, the two interns were assigned to cover a Sembang Santai session featuring former Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in Petaling Jaya. The session later witnessed a fracas involving Umno leaders and supporters against a group of Universiti Malaya student protesters.

The two Umno leaders reportedly hurled expletives and physically harassed the two Malaysiakini interns due to unhappiness over a report on the fracas.

Geramm condemns the unacceptable physical and verbal assault against journalists on duty. It is understood that a police report has been lodged over the incident, and Geramm urges the authorities to swiftly investigate the incident.

We also stress that all journalists regardless of media organisations have a right to carry out our duties without being harassed or, worse, attacked by any irresponsible parties.

We once again reiterate our support for the establishment of a Malaysian Media Council as a platform to resolve any disputes with any media agencies without the need to resort to violence.

We are in solidarity.

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Allen Loh
23 Mar 2019 11.36am

BN Gangsterism !

Tan Ka Lock
23 Mar 2019 6.37am

PDRM…. Why are you waiting.

J. D. Lovrenciear
23 Mar 2019 6.31am

GERAMM you have my full support. When the Rule of Law is being challenged by rogue politicians and their samseng followers, the authorities have a moral duty to discharge swiftly their vanguard obligations. There should be no compromise. Assault on journalists must be condemned and purged out of our nation.

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