Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Celebrating World Press Freedom Day on May 3 in Malaysia

[Not quite related] Organiser: AAAA

Title: Power of Web 2.0
Date : April 30, 2008.
Time: 3.15 p.m.
Venue: Securities Commission Auditorium, Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.
Official website: AAAA.

1. Organiser: "A group of bloggers in their individual capacities" in association with Centre for Policy Initiatives (CPI)

Title: "Bloggers Universe Malaysia: Towards A Civil Society"
Date : May 1, 2008.
Time: 3.00 p.m.
Venue: Lake View Club, Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Official blog:

Registration: 2.15pm to 3.00pm


To be chaired by Zorro, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm.

The Topic is: “Fostering Civil Society -- Various Voices”


Welcoming Address: YL Chong-Desi

1. Sdr Ahirudin Attan aka rockybru,
President, National Alliance of Bloggers

2. Dato’ Syed Ahmad Idid,
Ex-Judge; "Judge whose conscience divulged truth 12 years ago and now proved 'correct correct correct' via latest video-clip".

3. Dr Azmi Sharom,

4. Dr Lim Teck Ghee
Director, Centre for Policy Initiatives

5. Sdri Jacqueline Ann Surin,

Q and A: 30 minutes

____________ HI-TEA BREAK _________


To be chaired by Des i,from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

The Topic is: “The Fifth Estate (Bloggers) as Agency for Change”


1. Sdr Jeff Ooi, Blogger-MP

2. Sdr William Leong, Lawyer-MP

3. Sdr Haris Ibrahim, Human Rights Advocate

4. Sdr Steven Gan, Editor-in-chief,
(Apologies: withdrawn, on Urgent Foreign Assignment)

5. Sdr R Nadeswaran aka Citizen-Nades from theSun, award-winning investigative newshound
6. A special Guest Speaker? CONFIRMED: Raja Petra Kamarudin

Q and A: 30-45 minutes

BUFFET DINNER starts punctually at 8.30pm

2. Organiser: Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ)

Title: "Roadmap to Media Freedom"
Date : May 3-4, 2008.
Time: 12.30-2.00 p.m.
Venue: Annexe, Central Market, Kuala Lumpur
Official Blog:

The annual World Press Freedom Day is drawing near on May 3. This year, the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is organizing a two-day event inviting Malaysians to shape the road map to media freedom. If, as people say, all roads lead to Rome, what sort of direction would you, as Malaysians, want to see the media take? How do the stakeholders, i.e media practitioners, and political leaders see the future of media freedom in Malaysia post election?

All events to take place at the Annexe, Central Market, Kuala Lumpur.

This will be a two-day get together to discuss, give input, and engage with opinion-makers on reclaiming media freedom. There will be public talks, workshop, exhibition, wall-painting, survey and activities to spell out the path(s) towards a future of media freedom. Here is the highlights of the main events:

3 May
Public talk I- Towards Ethical Media

The public rejection of the mainstream media (MSM), the shift towards alternative media during the elections, and the recent boycottof the MSM organized by the People's Parliament can be read as an angry response over perceived unethical and unprofessional media coverage. Most common, the complaint was around biasness and media blackout of the opposition. With the opposition currently receiving relatively more and prominent coverage in MSM due to their big time electoral victory, does it mean that the public has no more reason to be critical of the MSM?

The discussion would take advantage of the spark already ignited to heighten the public awareness on what constitutes ethical media practices, so that participants can move beyond the awareness of biasness and media blackout and are capable of assessing both the MSM and alternative media from a broad ethical perspective. Rather than boycotting the MSM, the discussion encourages an active and discerning media user who embraces both types of media and yet critical of them.

Time: 12:30- 2:00pm

Speakers: Zainon Ahmad, Jacquelin Ann Surin, Wan Hamidi Hamid
Moderator: Gayathry Venkiteswaran

4 May
Public talk II- Towards Media and Information Law Reform

The electoral results opened many windows of opportunity for legislative reform in the area of media and access to information. While many may think that changes at best can only happen in the opposition controlled states, the discussion attempts to impart information on various mechanisms available in introducing and pushing for nationwide legislative reform, specifically on free media and access to information. Participants will be also getting an idea of CIJ's commitment to media and information law reform and lobbying work.

Time: 12:30-2:00pm

Speakers: YB Teo Nie Ching, Andrew Khoo Chin Hock, HR Dipendra
Moderator: Wong Chin Huat

Don't miss out on the weekend space for you to chart the course for the media you want!

3. Organiser: KLAB Team

Title: Kuala Lumpur Alternative Book Fair: A Bookish Fair with An Edge
Start time: Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 10:00am
End Time: Sunday, May 4, 2008 at 10:00pm
Location: Central Market, Kuala Lumpur.
Facebook event website: KLAB 2008!

Oh you ain't gonna find swashbucklers here or how to become rich in 200 pages. You're not going to even get a VVIP launching HIS coffee-table book here. We're literary snoots, we like to believe, but we're edgy, cool and a lot more fun than a titled personality.

KLAB, or the Kuala Lumpur Alternative Book Festival, is where book lovers, hipsters, politicos, film-makers, anyone who's anyone who love books which feed the mind and soul and champion causes, gather.

SIRD. Silverfish Books. Gerak Budaya. Matahari Books. Suara-Suara. KiniBooks. These are some of the few names you'll see at KLAB. 15 stalls selling books you must get.

Four book launches. BERSIH photo-book. "Kakiseni" playwriting winners. Aweks KL. Religion Under Siege.

And Hishamuddin Rais' new book, available for the first time.

Book Giveaway - have books to give away for free? Unload them here. And those who want free books, you're limited to only three.

KLAB is is a part of The Annexe's Art For Grabs, the bazaar for art under RM100! Also going on is World Freedom Press Day workshops and rock gigs on both days.


12pm Forum on 'Malay politics Affecting Malaysian Election'
> The panelist will be Liew Chin Tong (MP for Bukit Bendera from DAP & also DAP election strategist) & Wong Chin Huat (WAMI-BERSIH), Ching Tong also wrote a book entitled 'Malay Politics' in Chinese
> Chin Tong will explain his opinion about the Malay sentiments that he had gathered in his book while Chin Huat will relate it to the impact to the recent General Elections)

2-3.30 - Bersih coffee table book launch by Haris Ibrahim
> Welcome speech by Faisal Mustaffa (secretariat of BERSIH and co-ordinator for SELAK)
> Speech by Haris Ibrahim and launches the book
> Bersih after election's : What's next? by Liew Chin Tong (Member of BERSIH Steering Committee & Bukit Bendera Member of Parliament)
> Reading of poem; Seruan Rakyat BERSIH by Rozan Azen Mat Rasip

4pm SIS Forum on Book Banning

2pm Joint book launch: Kakiseni & Aweks KL
4pm Religion Under siege book launch & forum

For more information, email:

Amir Muhammad -
Zulhabri -
Dina -


4. Organiser: The People's Parliament/Boycott The Newspaper Initiative

Title: "Benar: Media Berani Bebas"
Date : May 4, 2008.
Time: 2.00 p.m.
Venue: Annexe, Central Market, Kuala Lumpur
Official Blog:
Facebook Event here.

We are pleased to confirm that the official launch of BENAR will take place immediately following the CIJ forum on Press Freedom.

Time: 2:00 pm

Date: 4th May, 2008

Venue: Central Market Annexe

We will be inviting both the local and foreign media to attend the launch and will explain to everyone our civil action initiative to promote Truth in Reporting. We will also announce the Minggu BENAR of 1st to 7th June, 2008 during which week, everyone will be invited to do what they can to persuade those in control to remove the existing restrictions and allow our journalist community to report without fear or favour.

We will also ask our local journalists to Dare to be Free. Civil society can only raise concerns and offer support. The change has to come from within the journalist community. Minggu BENAR will be the opportunity for them to stand up or walk or do whatever is their preferred mode of expression, to state their case.

There will be a limited number of caps and T-shirts on sale (black with the BENAR logo). The price is yet to be determined but it will be reasonable. Those of you who want to be sure you get one (or one of each), do write in to Birdseye or me to place your booking.

Thank you for your support!

See you tomorrow (only)!

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