2019 National Consultation for a Malaysia Media Council

4-5 March 2019
Central Kuala Lumpur

Important Documents

Programme Sheet (updated 3 March 2019)

CIJ-MCCHR Research Report for a Media Council in Malaysia (2019)

CIJ’s proposal constitution for a media council

NUJ Malaysia Code of Ethics

Summary of Objectives:

  • To take stock of, document, consolidate and align the current initiatives by the media industry and civil society organisations to establish the Malaysia Media Council.
  • To develop a “Malaysia Media Council Roadmap” (MMCR) to assist the Government of Malaysia in its efforts to reform the relevant laws and to establish the Malaysia Media Council.

The Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR) and the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) are convening a National Consultation on a Malaysian Media Council, with the aim of helping to further the Government’s reform agenda and provide a space where a roadmap for self-regulatory reform can be designed.

As you may be aware, CIJ has been working on the issue of a media council since the early 2000s, participating in discussions with SUHAKAM, conducting surveys of journalists on their needs and advocating for the repeal of the Printing Presses and Publications Act as a preliminary stage to prepare for self-regulation.

In preparation for this consultation, we are engaging in wide-ranging preparatory meetings with journalists, editors and civil society organisations, including with the National Union of Journalists, the Institute of Journalists, the Sabah Journalists Association, various Tamil newspaper editors, the Chinese Language Journalists Association, various womens’ groups, IMAN Research and many others.

We have been collecting their views on what a Media Council can and should achieve. Further, we have undertaken research (attached) on best practice on Media Councils internationally. As a result, we are confident that we will be able to bring the various interests together to plan a road-map for self-regulation.

As space is limited for the Consultation, please send a query to our Project Officer Ms. Yein at the following: