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'Sin Chew Daily' crime desk reporter Chan Woei Loon, photojournalists Calvin Foong Yi Kian from 'Kwong Wah Yit Poh' and Sam Kar Haur from 'China Press', were assaulted in the line of duty, beaten up while covering the Low Yat Plaza incident over the weekend. — TRP file pic
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KUALA LUMPUR, July 14, 2015:
Violent attacks on three vernacular journalists assigned to cover last weekend’s Low Yat Plaza incident is deplored and should be denounced.
In making the call, the Institute of Journalists Malaysia (IoJ) called on the media fraternity to remain united in solidarity, denouncing the attack and incident.
Sin Chew Daily crime desk reporter Chan Woei Loon, as well as photojournalists Calvin Foong Yi Kian from Kwong Wah Yit Poh and Sam Kar Haur from China Press, were assaulted in the line of duty, beaten up while covering the event.
According to Chan’s account, he and Sam were beaten up and hit with helmets by between 20 and 30 people.
The IoJ reiterates that it is the professional duty of every journalist to record the news as a neutral observer. The journalist’s formal affiliation with the Malay, Chinese, Tamil, English or any other press is irrelevant when discharging his or her professional duties.
“No journalist should be attacked on the basis of race or creed. The ideals of journalism and the role of the journalist in the public interest must always transcend race and creed.”
The IoJ calls on the journalism fraternity in Malaysia to stand together in solidarity with their fellow professionals and to join it in denouncing the attacks on Chan Woei Loon, Calvin Foong Yi Kian and Sam Kar Haur.
They also reminded the public to recognise and support the work of all journalists who safeguarded the public interest.
“We urge authorities to prosecute the attackers of the three journalists, as well as to ensure that justice is done and, more importantly, that media practitioners are always protected in the course of their duties.”