Forum on MPs in Conversation: Freedom of Information - Your Right to Know?

The coverage of the BERSIH 2.0 rally of 9 July 2011 demonstrates how reporting on the same event by the mainstream media on the one hand, and by the Internet and social media on the other, can be contradictory: Were there 5,000 or 50,000 protestors in the streets of Kuala Lumpur? Were the protestors violent? Were the security forces violent? Which is the truth, and do you have a right to know?

The banning of books. The censorship of news. Restricted access to public records. Control over what the media can print and air. Are these restrictions justified?

In the “Freedom of Information – Your Right to Know” forum, you have the chance to ask Members of Parliament and renowned academics about the current state of freedom of information in Malaysia.

· Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament (Klang)
· Professor Abu Bakar b Munir 
· Khairy Jamaluddin, Member of Parliament (Rembau)
· Masjaliza Hamzah (Centre for Independent Journalism)
Date: 29 July 2011 (Friday)
Time: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Venue: Bar Council Auditorium (First Floor), No 15 Leboh Pasar Besar, 50050 Kuala Lumpur

There are limited places available and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Completed forms are to be forwarded before 27 July 2011 (Wednesday) to:

Bar Council
No 15 Leboh Pasar Besar 
50050 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2050 2050
Fax: 03-2032 2043/2034 2825

For more details or to register, kindly contact Mohd Fazli Rosman by telephone at 03- 2050 2105 or by email at

Please click here to view the circular and registration form.

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