Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Civil Society In Solidarity WIth RPK

"We are seated here in solidarity for fellow writers and bloggers to make our stand on similar action that may be taken against other writers and journalists in future.

"This move is politically motivated and aimed at silencing a principled and uncompromising voice speaking against the abuse of power.

"We urge the government to re-consider its actions in pursuing what is being perceived in the country to be blatantly selective and repressive persecution.

"In our view the sedition charge is malicious and without merit."

-- alliance of civil society groups and bloggers who today expressed their solidarity and support to Raja Petra Kamarudin and author/blog commentator Syed Akbar Ali, who were separately charged with sedition yesterday.

They are:

Dr Lim Tech Ghee
Centre for Policy Initiatives

Ahirudin Attan
President, Interim Council
National Alliance of Bloggers

Wong Chin Huat
Writer Alliance for Media Independence

Gayathry V.
Executive Director
Centre of Independent Journalism

Ser Choon Ing
Chairman of Civil Rights Committee
KL and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall

Yap Sui Seng
Executive Director

Ho Yock Lin
Empower Malaysia


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