Saturday, September 13, 2008

NUJ express anger over Tan's arrest - Malaysiakini

Syed Jaymal Zahiid | Sep 13, 08 3:02pm

National Union of Journalists (NUJ) president Norila Mohd Daud today blasted the arrest of Sin Chew Daily journalist Tan Hoon Cheng under the Internal Security Act as unfair and called for her immediate release.

Speaking to a press conference held at the police headquarters Bukit Aman this noon, the NUJ president said there was no need to detain Tan under ISA.

If the authorities feel that Tan has committed an offence, she should be charged under normal criminal laws and be tried and not be detained under the ISA," lamented Norila.

Norila also said that action should be taken against suspended Bukit Bendera Umno division chief Ahmad Ismail instead for his racial remarks and not against the Sin Chew journalist.

"Its unfair. It was Ahmad that made the racial remarks and not Tan. She merely did a write up on what had transpired. They should charge Ahmad instead," said Norila.

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