• Liberalisation of the Malaysian Media and Politics: New Media, Strategies and Contestations

    Author(s):
    LEE YUEN BENG MAHYUDDIN AHMAD
    Editor(s):
    Jyotirmaya Patnaik (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Digital Humanists, Electronic Literature, Television Studies
    Subject(s):
    Communication in politics, Digital media, Liberalism, Journalism, Communication, Internet, Economics
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    civil society, counter-hegemony, Political communication, New media, Political economy
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/tcaw-f325
    Abstract:
    On 28 April 2012, ‘Bersih 3.0’, a rally calling for freer and fairer elections estimated that 250, 000 people gathered to support its cause. Government controlled newspapers the New Straits Times and Utusan Malaysia accused this rally attended by 20, 000 demonstrators as a plot to destabilise and overthrow the ruling coalition through chaos and disorder. Online news portals Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insider however reported that the rally attended by 150,000 demonstrators began peacefully but ended chaotically as demonstrators, journalists and police personnel were attacked and manhandled. While the conflicting reports of Bersih 3.0 and other news reports unpublished by the state controlled media through the new media suggests political dissent and possible media liberalisation, it does not necessarily mean that press freedom is well and alive. It however marks the beginning of a larger movement in cyberspace that threatens the hegemony of the ruling coalition. This paper examines the proliferation of the new media within the political economic structure of the Malaysian society and media; selected representations and messages in the old and new media; and whether the strategies and if representations in the new media are counter hegemonic tools capable of creating space for diverse voices, dissent and
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