Malaysian journalists have six days left to redeem their honour and reputation by taking a stand on  Murray Hiebert’s imprisonment before he is released on Monday

Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaya, Tuesday): Canadian journalist Murray  Hiebert, 50,  will walk out of Seremban Prison on Monday after being sentenced to six weeks’ jail for contempt of court, which plunged Malaysia into another nadir of international notoriety as not conforming to basic norms of human rights.

Equally tragic as Hiebert becoming the first journalist in a half-century to be jailed for contempt in any  Commonwealth nation is the total silence of Malaysian journalists to speak up for the cause of freedom of speech, although this has become  a  cause celebre in international journalistic circles.

Just as Hiebert has six days  to freedom, Malaysian journalists have six days left to redeem their honour,  reputation and integrity by taking a stand on Hiebert’s imprisonment and speaking up loudly and clearly for freedom of speech and a free press in Malaysia.


*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member of Parliament for Tanjong