A DEMONSTRATION was held on 19 May 2010 outside RTM headquarters Angkasapuri in Kuala Lumpur calling for media freedom and to protest the termination of former RTM producer Chou Z Lam. Chou alleges that his documentary over the impact of the Bakun Dam on indigenous people in Sarawak was cancelled because of RTM’s leadership’s fears that it would negatively impact the Sibu by-election outcome.
Some of the 80-odd protesters came from Rawang, to protest the axing of another of Chou‘s documentaries on the building of high tension cables near villages in Rawang.
The protesters called for all remaining episodes of Chou’s documentaries to be aired and for Parliament to reform RTM to ensure its impartiality as a public service broadcaster. They also called for the dismissal of Yap Shy Cuan, who oversees the Chinese broadcasting programmes and protesters say is an MCA member.
The protest was co-organised by 528 Media Action Group, the Writer Alliance for Media Independence (Wami) and the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ).
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