For too long, the Malaysian media landscape has been dominated by heavy-handed government regulation through the Publication and Printing Presses Act 1984. Civil society and media organisations have since lobbied the government to move towards a model of industry self-regulation, rather than allow the law to be abused for political gain.

With a reform-minded government in power who intends to repeal oppressive laws, the time is ripe to begin discussions again on establishing a National Media Council of Malaysia.

What Is A Media Council
Existing Discourse
Historical Efforts
The CIJ Report
The Upcoming National Consultation

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The Upcoming Consultation

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4-5 March 2019, Kuala Lumpur.

The National Consultation will take place between 4 to 5 March 2018 in Kuala Lumpur/Petaling Jaya. The agenda is being shaped to include both formal discussions and open-format interactions over a two day period.

We intend to secure the participation of senior government stakeholders as well as government stakeholders and relevant media governance-related policy-makers for high-level engagement.

Journalists, media practitioners, content creators, civil society organisation representatives and community representatives are welcome to attend and shape the discussion towards the media council Malaysia deserves.

For more details, check out the event page.

For queries about attending the consultation, please contact us:

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Act Now.

MEET WITH US

In the run-up to the National Consultation, CIJ is looking to meet and discuss with as many diverse stakeholders as possible to gather feedback on: (1) shaping the format and agenda of the national consultation; (2) hearing out your opinions on the aspects of the media council.

Specifically, we would like to meet with any media practitioners and representatives of organisations, academics, members of political parties, religious organisations or any others with an interest in a responsive and responsible media. We are reaching out to as many people as possible, but would like to get input from those we haven’t been able to reach.

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EDUCATE YOURSELF

You can peruse our resource section for a report of a comparison of media council developments across the world, a brief history of media council lobbying, and download materials for your own lobbying work.

JOIN THE NATIONAL CONSULTATION

Watch this space as we announce further details on how to attend the national consultation.

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Who We Are

The Media Council project is being spearheaded jointly by the Center for Independent Journalism, Malaysia and the Malaysian Center for Consitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR).

Center for Independent Journalism, Malaysia

CIJ is Malaysia’s leading non-governmental organisation working on issues of freedom of expression, freedom of information and media democratisation.

Malaysian Center for Consitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR). 

The Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR) is a non-partisan and non-profit organisation. It was established on 19 March 2011 with the mission to provide an integrated approach towards the protection and promotion of human rights in Malaysia via its UndiMsia! and strategic litigation programmes.

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