NOTICE: It is with great regret that we inform you that Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah is unable to join us as he has an urgent National Security Council meeting at 1pm. However, we will proceed with the discussion with our other guests instead. We hope you will still join us in what we hope will be a fruitful conversation about freedom of speech in Malaysia.
The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Malaysia (FCCM) is honoured to host Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah for a Brew Your Own (BYO) Coffee Talk webcast entitled "Free(r) Press in Malaysia" this Sunday, May 3 in conjunction with World Press Freedom Day 2020.
Malaysia has risen up the global Press Freedom Index over the past two years, jumping up 22 places twice to hit 101st place out of 180 countries.
The surge coincides with Malaysia's first ever change of government following the watershed May 2018 election.
But with a newly-formed coalition in power now, can Malaysia maintain its momentum? This year's rise is the highest out of all countries studied by Reporters Without Borders.
The conversation will include other stakeholders including Malaysiakini chief executive Premesh Chandran, who chaired a pro-tem committee comprising of publishers, reporters, academics and media activists that were working towards a Media Council - a self-regulating body that was to end the need for government licensing and control over the industry.
Also joining us will be Radzi Razak, Gerakan Media Merdeka (Free Media Movement) founder to talk about the state of the press freedom in Malaysia, and the challenges that journalists continue to face today.
We will be hosting the event live via our Facebook page this Sunday at https://www.facebook.com/FCCMalaysia.
Everyone, especially those concerned about the freedom of the press, can view the conversation and even submit your comments and questions as the live broadcast starts at about 2pm.
We hope you will join us to find out what's in store for the future of media in Malaysia.