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COMMENT | We’re heading back to the glory days of controlled media freedom

Zan Azlee

Published
Modified 15 May 2020, 9:02 am

COMMENT | When people ask me if it has been any better for the media and the press after Pakatan Harapan took over the government in May 2018 as compared to when BN was in power, I said yes, of course. It was definitely better. As immediately, journalists and newsrooms stopped being harassed by the police and other authorities.

Initially, journalists were a bit confused. They didn’t know what to do with this sudden openness and freedom. They grappled with themselves, mainly, to test and see what they could and could not report about. They pushed the boundaries of being critical with the authorities and the government. It was a pleasant surprise to see that things were okay.

Of course, there were others who also went the opposite way and started sucking up the government of the day just like they did with the previous government. Nothing happened to them because ... 

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