Facilitate media coverage, not restrict, journalism group tells Parliament

The Centre of Independent Journalism says Parliament should be facilitating media coverage instead of using Covid-19 as an excuse to limit access to the upcoming Parliament sitting. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, October 17, 2020.

PARLIAMENT should facilitate coverage of its proceedings for news organisations rather than restrict them, the Centre of Independent Journalism (CIJ) said of the directive allowing only selected media to cover the upcoming parliamentary meeting.

The decision amounts to discrimination by limiting the media’s access when Parliament should instead be thinking more constructively of ways to adapt while protecting the health and safety of the media, CIJ said.

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