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Jun 24, 2008

Speaker cuts media access in Parliament

parlobbymalaysianinsider - [...] The Parliament administration today restricted the media access to the lobby by barricading the area, raising the ire of journalists.

As a result, press representatives from the print, online and electronic media decided to only cover the proceedings in the Dewan Rakyat and boycott all press conferences or events held outside of the chambers.

The ruling, apparently done on security grounds, stunned journalists as it prevents them from moving freely in the lobby area or approach MPs.

This is the first time such a ruling has been introduced in Parliament but no explanation was given to the press.

Parliament security personnel were stationed at the cordoned-off area to prevent journalists, photographers and TV crews from approaching ministers and MPs.

Lim Guan Eng (DAP-Bagan) spoke about the House’s decision to restrain the media during Question Time today.

"The media’s work has been severely restricted as a result of this. The media plays an important role and should be allowed space.” He was heckled by BN backbenchers when he said the move was tantamount to not supporting press freedom.

Deputy Speaker Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the decision was taken following the chaotic scenes during the last session of Parliament in the lobby.... selanjutnya.


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