I refer to the Bersih 3.0 rally and the BN government's high-handed and brutal action against the media. We have uncovered further evidence indicating that the orders to harass, obstruct and arrest journalists covering the Bersih 3.0 rally came from the highest levels of the Home Ministry.
On 27.4.12, the Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein Onn had ordered all Chief Editors of major dailies to appear before him. We are informed that at the meeting instructions were given on how to report the news on the Bersih rally on 28.4.12, and that the editors were asked to refrain from reporting on police brutality.
It is extremely disturbing that one day after this meeting, journalists trying to record police misconduct were brutalized in an unprecedented manner. The police appear to have been carrying out the wishes of the Home Minister.
Until now, no explanation has been given by the PM, Home Minister or IGP on the police attacks upon the media. Hishamuddin's answer that seizure of press photographers' equpiment was standard operating procedure is a shocking admission of illegality and unlawful conduct by the police.