Crushing corruption, freeing media

Media have an important role to play in the fight against corruption. However, cautioned Bernama TV advisor Azman Ujang, it is not the media’s ‘business to expose corrupt practices’ on their own accord. 

‘But to do so (for the media to expose corrupt practice on their own accord) would be to tread on dangerous grounds as those who stand accused can fight back, especially if there’s not enough or strong evidence against those alleged to be corrupt,” he added.

True, insufficient evidence would only make journalists vulnerable to legal suits, etc. But this also points to the fact that investigative journalism can be hampered severely by certain quarters in the government who have the penchant for invoking the all-encompassing Official Secrets Act.

Put another way, only a free and responsible media can help facilitate the fight against the scourge of corruption in the country. In this regard, the long-standing proposal for the enactment of a Freedom of Information Act must be considered seriously by the powers-that-be.


3 Responses to “Crushing corruption, freeing media”

  1. 1 Antares 26 September 2008 at 12:57 am

    Nothing will change until Umno/BN goes down, so let’s put our minds and hearts and wills to making the Pakatan Rakyat takeover happen sooner rather too late!

  2. 3 Samuel Goh Kim Eng 26 September 2008 at 10:33 am

    Let us do whatever is right

    To right all that are clearly wrong

    The least we can do is to shed the light

    To help the blind see and the weak be strong

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 260908

    Fri. 26th Sept. 2008.

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