Institute of Journalists Malaysia

The Institute of Journalists Malaysia is the professional organisation of Malaysian journalists, for journalists at all levels, of all media, across all languages.

It will promote and enhance professional standards and ethics; uphold and defend the professional interests of all journalists; uphold and defend freedom of the press and freedom of expression; and endeavour to bring together the Malaysian journalistic fraternity.

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The Institute of Journalists Malaysia is a tax-exempt non-profit organisation incorporated under the Companies Act 1964.

Reg. No. 1041328-V


This prototype web site of the Institute of Journalists Malaysia was started on 4 April 2012 in advance of the foundation meeting. It was refreshed in September 2014 and brought up-to-date on 16 Sept 2014.

Enhance freedom of all citizens, says IoJ

PUTRAJAYA, Friday 3 October 2014

Alyaa Alhadjri and Fazillah Pit of Geramm and Tashny Sukumaran and Lim Hui Ying of IoJ at the PM’s Office in Putrajaya. [IoJ photo]

 

In the hands of the Prime Minister's Office. [IoJ photo]

In the hands of the Prime Minister’s Office. [IoJ photo]

Journalists today handed over to the Government a petition protesting the arrest of a journalist last month under the Sedition Act and called on the Government to enhance the freedom of citizens by repealing the Act and halting its further use until the law is abolished as promised.

They also called for any charges against journalist Susan Loone to be dropped. Loone was arrested in Penang on Sept 4 over a report on police action against a state executive councillor.

“We are not merely asking the Government to free Susan Loone of all charges but by presenting our petition, we are also asking for the government to enhance the freedom of all citizens,” said Tashny Sukumaran, spokesperson for the team from the Institute of Journalists Malaysia and Gerakan Media Marah (Geramm) that presented the petition to the Prime Minister’s Office here.

Datuk Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad, press secretary to the Prime Minister, received the petition and promised to hand the document over to Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

During the half hour meeting, he told representatives from Geramm and IoJ that the application of the Act came under the police and the Attorney General’s Chambers.

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IoJ petition in hands of PM’s office

In the hands of the Prime Minister's Office....the IoJ petition against the Sedition Act arrest of  journalist Susan Loone and others. This morning's photo by board member Tashny Sukumaran.

In the hands of the Prime Minister’s Office….the IoJ petition against the Sedition Act arrest of journalist Susan Loone and others. This morning’s photo of the Prime Minister’s press secretary Datuk Tengku Sariffudin Ahmad by board member Tashny Sukumaran.

Code of Ethics

27 September 2014
Unanimously resolved by members at general meeting for adoption and use. This Code is binding upon members of the Institute and forms part of the admission requirement.

Preamble

We believe it is the duty and right of all journalists to uphold
freedom of the press
freedom of speech
freedom of thought
freedom of belief, and
freedom of opinion;

and to practice their profession with freedom from fear

We believe it is the right and duty of all journalists to

  • uphold and safeguard these freedoms and to resist measures that restrict these freedoms.
  • honour truth, accuracy, impartiality and honesty in their work and to always keep the public interest foremost.
  • carry out their professional duties without hindrance by the authorities or any other quarter for political, racial, or religious reasons.
  • resist external pressures from any quarter, and to resist any means of compulsion in how they carry out their duties.
  • resist any measures that may cause them to offend this code or their conscience in the performance of their duty through such means as showing partiality, distorting or withholding information, or to act against the public interest.
  • Protect the right of all journalists and of all citizens to hold and express all shades of opinion and resist measures to restrict the right to freedom of opinion.

Written by Gobind Rudra for Institute of Journalists Malaysia

1. Truth

  • We shall respect the truth and the public interest at all times and uphold the public’s right to information.
  • We shall report and interpret the news with honesty, disclose all essential information, and not suppress or distort information
  • We shall keep fact and opinion separate and shall not allow personal beliefs to colour the content of our work.
  • We shall respect the confidence of all information received in the course of duty, and resist any compulsion to divulge the sources of information in confidence.

2. Honesty

  • We shall always use fair and honest means to obtain news, audio and visual material, and documents except in compelling circumstances of public interest that hinder more straightforward means.
  • We shall identify ourselves and our employers before obtaining any interview.
  • We shall not allow personal interests nor political, religious, racial or commercial considerations to influence us in the course of our duties.
  • We shall not allow any consideration, gift or advantage offered to us to influence us in our duties and shall disclose any inappropriate offer.
  • We shall not plagiarise, and shall not make free use of copyrighted material except under fair-use doctrine with the source duly credited.

3. Fairness

  • We shall make every effort to correct any published or broadcast information found to be harmfully inaccurate.
  • We shall respect the right of citizens to make fair rebuttal to opinions expressed.

4. Respect

  • We shall always respect private grief and personal privacy, and shall resist compulsion to intrude.
  • We shall not place unnecessary emphasis on gender, race, sexual preference, religious belief, marital status or physical or mental disability.
  • We shall take due care to safeguard the identity and privacy of children and to interview children only in the presence of an adult.
  • We shall guard against gratuitous use of photographs or reports depicting in graphic detail incidents of violence or of a sexual nature.
  • We shall strive to respect the cultural codes of our community except where it conflicts with the public interest and the truth.

Adapted from NZ Journalist Code : http://www.epmu.org.nz/journalist-code-of-ethics/

Board of Governors 2014

At the inaugural Annual General Meeting of the Institute of Journalists Malaysia, held at Commonwealth House, Kuala Lumpur, on 26th September 2014, members elected the first Board of Governors. They are:

Newspaper journalists:
Lim Huiying , Tashny Sukumaran
(Alternate member: Esther Chandran)

Broadcasting journalists:
Amirul Ruslan , Leong Hon Yuen
(Alternate member: vacant)

Online journalists:
Boo Su-Lyn , Joseph Sipalan
(Alternate member: Alyaa Alhadjhri)

Periodicals, freelance and other journalists:
Teoh El Sen – (nominated from the floor to fill vacant uncontest position)
(Alternate member: Michelle Tam – nominated from the floor)

Honorary Auditor
Michelle Tam

In accordance with the constitution of the Institute of Journalists Malaysia, one-third of the Board will retire after the first year, another one-third after the second year, and the remaining members will serve the full term of three years.

Members of the Board who retire from the inaugural Board in the first year and second year may offer themselves for re-election.

Inaugural annual general meeting

Notice is hereby given that the inaugural annual general meeting of the Institute of Journalists Malaysia will be held at: 7pm – 11pm on the 26th of September 2014 at the Tun H.S. Lee Room, Royal Commonwealth Society, No. 4, Jln Birah, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan.
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AGENDA
1. Welcoming address by Board of Governors
2. To present and adopt the Annual Report of the Institute
3. To present and adopt the Audited Annual Accounts of the Institute
4. To present five resolutions prepared by the Board for consideration and adoption
5. To elect members of the inaugural Board of Governors of the Institute
6. To elect an Honorary Auditor and appoint an external auditor for the year ahead.
7. To discuss any other matter arising and, where any matter requires the approval of members by special resolution at a general meeting, to refer the matter to the incoming Board of Governors.
By order of the Board of Governors
Company Secretary

First published at 20:36 on 15th September 2014
Republished at 15:05 on 20th September 2014

IoJ briefing: Sedition and Journalists

Wednesday 17 Sept
19:00–22:00
The Cybertorium
Menara Star,
Philio Damansara II, Section 16, Petaling Jaya

19:00 – registration of IoJ members – bring your forms – tea and cookies
20:00 – meeting begins
21:00 – Q & A
22:00 – More or less ending time

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  • What does the Sedition Act say
  • how does it affect journalists
  • what must reporters and editors be aware of
  • how the law has been applied
  • previous cases involving journalists
  • can we avoid falling foul of the law?
  • measures we can take
  • how has the sedition law affected you?

Speaker: Syahredzan Johan

“The reason why the Sedition Act is still in place is because it is so easy to use against dissidents,” said Syahredzan Johan, the chair of the National Young Lawyers Committee within the Malaysian Bar Council. “The Act is drafted very wide, so any form of dissent can be drafted in. It has a low threshold: there’s no need to prove intention or that anyone was incited. All you need is to prove that those things were published or uttered and you’ve got your conviction.”

» Malaysia’s sedition debate

Two recent cases, a teenager liking the Facebook page “I love Israel” and Universiti Malaya law lecturer Azmi Sharom’s sedition charges, shows how easily it can be abused, said Bar Council president Christopher Leong. The courts had now become a dumping ground for sedition charges, he said, and pointed out the discrepancy in application, which can be interpreted as selective prosecution against dissenters.

» Bar condemns spate of sedition cases

At a glance – all about IoJ

Who can join
All working journalists, at all levels, across all media and across all language streams, whether in employment or working freelance, so long as your work consists of producing editorial matter for publication or broadcasting.That includes anyone who is a reporter, writer, editor, section or desk editor, columnist, copy editor, news producer or presenter, broadcast or video journalist, editorial graphic artist, editorial cartoonist, photographer or videographer.
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