Program Preview: Online Newspaper Trumps Censorship in Malaysia
Episode Date Jul 2 2012
Steven Gan, 49, launched the country's first and only independent media, Malaysiakini (Malaysia Now), in 1999. Malaysiakini received the Free Media Pioneer 2001 award from the Vienna-based International Press Institute, and Gan was a recipient of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists’ International Press Freedom Award in 2000.
The online website was ranked 18 on Asiaweek’s Power 50 in 2001, and Gan was also selected as one of the 50 most influential individuals in Business Week’s “Stars of Asia.”
Malaysiakini was raided by the police, and 19 of its computers confiscated in 2003. Nevertheless, the harassment from the government failed to stop the subscription-based website from continuing to provide its readers with news free from government influence, a rarity for a media outlet in the country.
Gan is co-editor of the 2004 book, Asian Cyberactivism: Freedom of Expression and Media Censorship.
Malaysiakini received the bronze prize as one of the country's top media brands at the inaugural Putra Brand Awards in March 2010.