What lies ahead for Malaysian media?

There’ll be a forum, themed ‘Trends and Future of the Malaysian Mass Media’, on Oct. 30 at Universiti Malaya in Kuala Lumpur that promises to enlighten Malaysians about the future of the country’s mainstream media in the face of what is considered as ‘challenges’ from the new media.

Curious and concerned Malaysians may find at this forum some answers to questions that have been residing in their heads. For instance, questions like: what kind of changes that the mainstream media have gone through ever since the emergence of the new media particularly during the Reformasi movement?; to what extent have the new media posed a challenge to the mainstream media?; how far is it true that the credibility of the mainstream media reached a low point that in turn precipitated the popularity of the new media among concerned Malaysians; do repressive laws such as the PPPA, OSA and ISA play a role in ‘domesticating’ and nurturing a culture of excessive self-censorship within the mainstream media?; and can a media council help promote professionalism and public standing of the mainstream media within the present political environment?

A Bernama report also mentioned a number of speakers for the forum, namely blogger ‘Rocky’, president of the National Union of Journalists Norila Daud, group chief editor of The Star Wong Chun Wai, head of Department of Media Studies of Universiti Malaya Prof Dr Azizah Hamzah, chief editor of Sin Chew English language portal Bob Teoh, Bernama editorial adviser Azman Ujang, secretary-general of the Asian Media Information & Communication Centre (AMIC) Assoc. Prof. Indrajit Banerjee, and advocate & solicitor Bhag Singh.

Given that the forum will discuss the challenges supposedly posed by the new media to the mainstream media, I wonder whether certain luminaries of the blogging community, such as Haris Ibrahim, Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, Jeff Ooi, Susan Loone, Anil Netto, Patrick Teoh, ‘Zorro’, and representatives of the late MGG Pillai (of the Sangkancil fame) and Raja Petra Kamaruddin, to name but a few, would be there too.

The forum is jointly organised by the South-South Information Gateway (SSIG), a unit under the Ministry of Information that was set up to foster greater flow of information among developing nations, and Universiti Malaya.

SSIG stated that the forum was to mark World Development Information Day (WDID) instituted by the United Nations in 1972.


3 Responses to “What lies ahead for Malaysian media?”

  1. 1 gua chan song 25 October 2008 at 2:25 pm

    are you one of the speakers ?

  2. 2 mustafakanuar 25 October 2008 at 7:20 pm

    No, am not one of the speakers, GCS.

  3. 3 susan loone 25 October 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Wow, Mus. Thanks for considering me as one of the “luminaries of the blogging community”.

    I do not think I like to be there with such lopsided speakers who all come from the old school, and who can’t claim independence by endorsing newspapers owned by political parties.

    I hope speakers like Rocky and Wong Chun Wai will just speak for themselves and not for the entire blogging community as if they own it.They’ve been doing it, if you notice, and it doesn’t go well with most of us.

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