publication . Article . 2012

Covenant Cog or Functional Fourth Estate. A Survey of Malaysian Journalists’ Attitudes towards their Profession

Rohini SREEKUMAR; Sony JALARAJAN RAJ;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2012 Journal: Romanian Journal of Journalism and Communication, issue 1, pages 16-32
Abstract
In Malaysia, the idealistic notion of the news media as ‘watchdog’ is largely redundant due to the external and institutional realities associated with its functioning in a heavily regulated, monitored and controlled media system. There has been little analysis of Malaysian journalists’ perceptions of their profession. Operating within an authoritarian mediascape, Malaysian journalists have to surrender their journalistic values and principles of practice thereby pervading a culture of self-censorship.
Subjects
free text keywords: Journalists, Malaysia, Freedom, Profes sionalism, News Media, jel:Z, jel:Z1
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