Occupational hazards of a Malaysian videographer?

Malaysiakini reported that its videographer, Syukri Mohamad, was arrested together with 22 other individuals who were involved in a candlelight vigil to protest against the draconian ISA near Amcorp Mall in Petaling Jaya last night.

 

Although Syukri has already been released on police bail, there is cause for concern nonetheless because he was arrested on the grounds that he was ‘part of the illegal organisation’.

 

I am quite puzzled here. Does this mean that a videographer or journalist covering a rally that does not obtain a police permit will necessarily be deemed party to members of that ‘illegal’ rally?

 

If one were to follow through this argument, would it be possible for a journalist to perform her duty in the most professional manner possible to report, say, an industrial strike that is staged by a group of disgruntled workers who, incidentally, do not seek police permit?

 

For that matter, can a journalist report an illegal motorbike racing or a Mat Rempit ‘outing’ on a lonely street in town?

 

Worse, should a journalist carry out her duty if she happens to be in the vicinity of a bank robbery (that is certainly illegal)?

 

Or can one hazard a guess here: she is expected to abandon her responsibility as a journalist?

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7 Responses to “Occupational hazards of a Malaysian videographer?”


  1. 1 ian 10 November 2008 at 6:10 pm

    They had to arrest him for his own protection… DUH!

  2. 2 ernest cheah 10 November 2008 at 8:55 pm

    The police or the FRU out there to disperse the crowd are merely doing their job. I believe it’s the administration on the Top who give the instruction.
    SO WHAT CAN ALL OF YOU DO…………………….

  3. 3 Johnny Cheah 10 November 2008 at 9:26 pm

    THE POLICE MUST STOP THEIR SELECTIVE ARREST OF PEACEFUL CITIZENS WHO ARE ONLY HOLDING PEACEFUL VIGIL. THOSE PEOPLE THERE LAST NIGHT HAVE CAUSE NO HARM TO ANYBODY NOR HAVE THEY CONDEMN THE RULING GOVERNMENT. SO WHY THE ARREST?

  4. 4 susanloone 10 November 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Hi Mus;
    The police can’t even differentiate between Journalists and Demonstrators?

    How lah?

    We just came out of the SEAPA event, so you know journalists really have more work to do to fight for press freedom.

    Guess no one can do it for us!

    Hahaha! I follow your argument. What about taking photos of accidents? Does it make the photographer guilty of the accident, especially if there were deaths involved?

    It gets crazier by the day.

    The point is: they just dont want anyone to document their abuse of ordinary citizens.

    That’s the whole truth!

  5. 5 anna brella 10 November 2008 at 11:37 pm

    I’d like to hazard a guess too, if I may.

    Could be wrong of course as I am only a fallible human being but this could potentially be the….er….”professional” mind-set and reasonable expectations of the average PRDM/FRU/UTK member.

    WE DA POLICE. YOU DA NOBODY.

    We special supreme power beings when we put PRDM uniforms and wear da red hats on our (brain washed brain-dead) heads and wave our STICKS menacingly at da defenceless Rakyat because then we can do what we like, da Police Act says so what.

    You no like? Then you BEHAVE-LAH! IF NO, YOU AT OUR MERCY. Your own fault what in making that Police Act make us into supreme uncontrollable beings.

    Journalist? So what, you think you special ah? You da nobody too because da BN-gomen says so what.

    So when you see us PRDM da next time, remember we da supreme beings and so we expect:
    -you peaceful candle-carrying Rakyat to lie down and kow tow to us and say “we’re not worthy, we’re not worthy” or
    – if Hindraf/Bersih people, then you behave like da good children and not like the naughty children and don’t wear orange or yellow ok, or
    – if journos, then behave like da pet dogs and wag da tail, or put da tail between da legs or show da belly to us so we can tickle it with our PRDM sticks and say “you da good dog, what”.

    Now you understand or not what we, da PRDM SUPREME POWER BEINGS expect from you da Rakyat nobodies, and why we treat you like worthless dirtbags.

    If you no like, you can go make a police report what. We no care because no one cares about you what. We da supreme beings because you made us into that what. So what do you expect?

    Now, is that hypothetical mind-set…er….a tad bit OTT on my part and so, somewhat unrealistic and also a little unfair to the er…..very professional image of the PRDM?

    “Imagine Power To The People” John Lennon.

  6. 6 Samuel Goh Kim Eng 10 November 2008 at 11:42 pm

    WORKER ARRESTED WHILE AT WORK

    Imagine being arrested while doing your open work
    Are you going to be deprived of your right to work?
    Are people so blind that they csn’t see any difference
    Between an ordinary worker and those with social diffidence?

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 101108
    http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
    Mon. 10th Nov. 2008.

  7. 7 Antares 11 November 2008 at 1:01 am

    Malaysiakini has been a thorn in the BN’s backside since 1999. The fact that during Badawi’s administration Mkini has been granted media accreditation is already a step forward. Syukri says he was shooting footage of protestors being shoved into the Polis lorry. With the adrenaline running high the sight of a camera pointed at them in action
    invariably triggers aggression. I can sympathize with the FRU boys. If I were in the midst of kicking an MP, dragging a scared teenager across the street, or pushing a senior citizen to the ground with my shield, I would HATE being photographed too…


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