In addition, public realize that they also should understand how and why the role of the media in Malaysia especially has changed over time. 5. 0 Similarity of Media Practitioners and Public View of Social Justice There are similarities of media practitioners and public view of social justice in terms of education, economics, housing, environment and other social contexts. Social justice and human rights share with the public whose their interests are denied by unfair systems in those areas mentioned above.
James Banks (1994) said that by encouraging the press to follow the principle “that all human beings are entitled to expect decent standards of behavior concerning freedom and justice from worldly powers or nations, and that deliberate or inadvertent violations of these standards need to be testified and fought against courageously” (pp. 11-12, quoted by William Ayers, p. 86). Another thing that has similarity between media practitioners and public view of social justice is public interests. But the question is, is there a public that is interested in the public interest?
I think that the gap between rich and poor; those with unearned privilege and those who have been denied privilege based on their skin color, national origin, home language, gender, religion, disability, social class, immigrant status, age, or the other diversity that have been used to deny the social justice. 6. 0 Examples on How Social Justice Being Practiced by Malaysian Media 13th September 2008 ISA Detentions Undemocratic The All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) condemns the government’s use of the Internal Security Act (ISA) on blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, Sin Chew Daily News reporter Tan Hoon Cheng and Seputeh MP Teresa Kok.
These actions are gross violations of citizen’s rights to trial and due process of the law, and freedoms of expression and information enshrined under our constitution. Similar to the Operasi Lalang in 1987, it appears that the government has yet again resorted to undemocratic laws such as the ISA in order to persecute the innocent under the guise of “stabilizing the country’s political situation”. That such means can be deployed after 51 years of independence speaks volumes about the state of our democratic institutions.
Furthermore, these unjust scare tactics exacerbates the situation of heightened tensions and uncertainty. Meanwhile, the deeper issues plaguing the nation are left unresolved. We urge for reason to prevail, and call for the government to abide by the due process of the law and free the detainees. Haslinah Ya’cob Vice President The All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) Media should explore objectivity as a means of avoiding bias by using methods that embrace the accurate representation of those who are denied access to social justice.
Commonly, media in Malaysia put a target on community interests in the form of ethnicity which this one have been used as a justification tool in their way of delivering the message of social justice. Over the years Malaysian have been denied the basic right of press gets their freedom. The media have been prevent from speaking and frightened from playing the role of responsible source of credible information and differing opinions. Under such rigid control, the media tend to reflect and promote the agenda of the political elite and the rich while the concerns of independent civil society, the poor and marginal groups are sideline.
Such manipulation of the media and practice of supporter reporting must stop. The media can have no credibility when they fail to uphold the highest standards of journalistic ethics and professionalism. If we are to build a genuinely democratic society, the media must not only be responsive to public needs, but must also be free to perform its functions. So as long the freedom of the media is bind, the right of Malaysian citizens to free expression is strictly violated. In addition, the control on media has periodically led to major government crackdowns.
This happened in 1961, when Utusan Melayu was taken over; it happened again in 1987, when the authorities suspended the licences of The Star, Sin Chew Jit Poh and Watan. The other crackdown took place soon after the 1999 general election, when the Home Ministry slashed the frequency of Harakah, and banned Eksklusif, Detik and Wasilah. Besides, those in power have way to obvious media abuse. During election campaigns, the rule coalition manipulates and monopolizes the media by harping on political and economic instability, by stoking ethnic fears, make unfairly discrediting the opposition, and by distorting their views.At other times, the media have treat in misrepresentation, baseless speculation, untruths and character assassination.
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