NUJ has made its stand on the matter and can we now expect the Sportwriters Association of Malaysia (SAM) to make a stand too?
12 OCTOBER, 2012
PRESS STATEMENT FROM NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS (NUJ)
Stop harassing sports writers.
associations to stop intimidating sports writers by sending legal notice for publishing unfavourable
reports about them.
The reporters, just like journalists operating in other beats, are carrying out their public duties to serve their audience, be it readers, viewers or listeners.
They carry public interest stories as the development of sports are closely followed by the young and old.
The government allocates funds to develop and promote sports events and journalists have theright to expose wrong doings and mismanagement.
The NUJ believe sports writers and their media organisations subscribe to fair reporting whichincludes giving aggrieved parties the right to reply.
The practice of sending notice of demand to critical sports writers tantamount to intimidatingthem from pursuing investigative reporting.
We assure sports writers that the NUJ will spring into action, including defend their right tocarry out their duties free from harassment.
Our call is in response to two former Malay Mail reporters who have been issued letters ofdemand by the NSC for stories published last year and this year.
One of the reports is a subject matter in court now.
We have also received feedbacks that reporters occasionally received legal notices butthe aggrieved parties did not pursue further like filing legal suits.