Malaysia needs law to protect journalists, says watchdog

Aminah Farid

Media watchdog Geramm says Malaysia needs a law that protects journalists when carrying out their duty. – EPA pic, May 16, 2022.

MALAYSIA needs a law that protects media practitioners when carrying out their duty, Gerakan Media Merdeka (Geramm) said today.

The statement comes after two local journalists were harassed by an Immigration Department security guard at the Urban Transformation Centre in Pudu Sentral for inquiring about long queues.

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  • No need for separate law. Present laws for force and criminal force are sufficient as stipulated in sections 349 and 350 penal code. The seizure of the hand phone should be investigated as there is an offence disclosed coupled with the fact that the security guard has no legal powers to do so. It warrants an official investigation under the penal code.

    Posted 6 months ago by G.Selva Ganeson