Najib backs a freer media

Najib backs a freer media

New premier Najib Abdul Razak has called for the country’s media, which is mostly government-linked, to be allowed to report “without fear of consequence”.

Najib, the successor of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who was criticised for failing to implement promised reforms, said he would encourage a new national debate that would promote transparency and accountability.

najib tun razak photos 211008 02“I firmly believe that there is a vital place in that dialogue for a vibrant, free and informed media,” the premier said in a speech to the Malaysian Press Institute.

“If we are truly to build a democracy that is responsive to the needs of all the people, we need a media – both old and new – that is empowered to responsibly report what they see, without fear of consequence,” he added.


Obama praises Islam, calls for Mideast peace

Obama praises Islam, calls for Mideast peace


ISTANBUL, April 7 – US President Barack Obama ended his trip to Muslim Turkey today by calling for peace and dialogue with Islam and the creation of a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel.

In his first trip as president to the Muslim world, Obama sought to rebuild ties after anger at the invasion of Iraq, the war in Afghanistan and accusations his predecessor George W. Bush was biased in favour of Israel.

“I came to Turkey because I am deeply committed to rebuilding a relationship between the United States and the people of the Muslim world, one that is grounded in mutual interest and mutual respect,” Obama said.

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I disagree with Henry Porter attacking Google as just an amoral menace

I disagree with Henry Porter attacking Google as just an amoral menace 



APRIL 6 – If indeed a new era of global responsibility has come into being with measures that actually restrain banks and isolate tax havens, it may be time for the planet’s dominant economic powers to focus on the destructive, anti-civic forces of the Internet.

Exactly 20 years after Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote the blueprint for the world wide web, the Internet has become the host to a small number of dangerous WWMs – worldwide monopolies that sweep all before them with exuberant contempt for people’s rights, their property and the past.

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THE GUARDIAN:Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite on stage at Lynch concert

LONDON, April 6 — “Elvis is dead; this is the next best thing.” In New York’s Radio City Music Hall last night, the hyperbole of the fans was, for once, in proportion to the event.

Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, the last remaining Beatles, appeared on stage together for the first time in seven years and before a crowd of 6,000, touching foreheads and singing With a Little Help From My Friends. The moment was so sublime it couldn’t be spoiled by the friends they turned out to have.

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BBC:Capturing Burma’s protests on film

A monk looks into a camera at a monastery in Rangoon. His face is bruised and swollen.

Troops came during the night, he says. They beat the monks and took dozens of them away. He doesn’t know where they are.

Outside, the camera records pools of blood on the floor, shards of glass and rubble.

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