Barely a day after the Cabinet order the lifting of a block on certain websites, theSun, Sin Chew Jit Poh and Suara Keadilan have been issued show-cause letters, reports Malaysiakini.
Just when you felt that they had done something right by lifting the block on websites, they now do this.
This kinda reminds me of Operasi Lalang in 1987, when three newspapers were suspended. The papers then were of the same languages too – English, Chinese and Malay – namely, The Star, Sin Chew Jit Poh and Watan.
The difference now is that it is not suspensions but show-cause letters.
Says blog reader V:
Sending a “show cause” is fairer than suspension without reason or rhyme. At least there is a chance to explain and for the authorities to listen and reconsider. Unlike “muck-raker” Mahathir’s peremptory suspension without notice.
theSun may be outspoken but I see nothing seditious or provoking. If politicians – under the constant eye of the public and media -have done wrong and this news surfaces, the voting public has a right to know. We need this check on our individual elected representative – whether state or parliamentary.
Speaking of which, theSun had in recent days carried out some top-class investigative journalism showing how land meant for public use was grabbed by certain prominent individuals/politicians and certain BN component parties.
One newspaper editor told me that these show-cause letters will have the effect of making the editors concerned more “cautious” in their reporting. Obviously, that is the intended objective of issuing show-cause letters, in the first place.
Anyway, these letters add to the show-cause letter received by the Herald and the warning letter issued to Catholic Asian News.
Perhaps we should set up a Media Museum to display all these show-cause letters so that future generations will know what this BN government was up to.