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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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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
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

» Registration: Facebook event page

  • 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

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