Tuesday, June 7, 2011

BUM2011 Forum this Saturday -- Open Invite

From bum4msia.wordpress.com...

BUM 2011 forum this Saturday


Bloggers Universe Malaysia (BUM) is belatedly commemorating World Press Freedom Day with a forum by popular speakers.

The ‘Bloggers’ solidarity with the press?’ will feature:

  • Cheam Toon Lee – former editor-in-chief who had served in Sabah/Sarawak,
  • Zunar as Malaysiakini cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque is better known,
  • Ambiga Sreenevasan – Bersih 2.0 chairperson and ex-Bar Council president,
  • Hata Wahari – former National Union of Journalists president until his employer Utusan Malaysia sacked him recently.

Selangor state assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad will give the keynote address on ‘Legislating freedom of information act in parliament”.

The event is co-organised by a group of bloggers in their individual capacities, the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, and the Centre for Policy Initiatives.

CPI director Dr Lim Teck Ghee said that with the political environment becoming more hotly contested and the mainstream media working overtime as cheerleader and fear leader for the establishment, it is vital that bloggers and those with integrity in the mass media quickly close ranks and provide Malaysians with truthful, fair and objective news and analysis.

“I hope this forum will serve to galvanise media practitioners and bloggers to reassert their adherence to the norms of journalistic ethics and independent reporting,” Lim added.

BUM2011 organising committee chairman YL Chong aka Desiderata said this year’s event almost never got off the ground as the Sarawak state elections came in April and interrupted the preparations. The BUM gatherings in previous years were all held in the month of May.

“Nevertheless, I was motivated to press ahead after learning about Hata Wahari’s plight. His sacking explains the theme for our fifth BUM outing,” he added.

Admission to the forum is free and open to the public.

Date: June 11, 2011
Time: 7.45pm
Venue: Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall auditorium (1, Jalan Maharajalela)

More background and updates on the event are posted at the BUM dedicated website bum4msia.wordpress.com.

Contact person: YL Chong at 012-970 2285.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

BUM2011 Is On!

FROM: bum4msia.wordpress.com:)~~~~June 1, 2011

BUM 2011 Is Now at the Starting Blocks!

An exciting panel of speakers has been lined up for the BUM2011 Forum on June 11, 2011 to mark World Press Freedom Day (which fell on May 3, 2011). This evening forum is co-organised by a group of bloggers in their individual capacities (who call themselves BUMmers), and the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall and the Centre for Policy Initiatives.


Theme: Bloggers’ Solidarity with the Press?

Date: Saturday, 11 June 2011
Time: 7.45pm to 10.15pm
Venue: Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Auditorium (KLSCAH)

Admission: Free and Open to the Public

Programme Outline:

7.45PM: Welcoming Speech by Dr Lim TG, Director,
Centre for Policy Initiatives;

7.55PM: Address by BUM 2011 Organising Committee
Chairman, YL Chong, Desi

8.10PM: Keynote Address by YB Nik Nazmi
 Nik Ahmad on “Legislating Freedom of
Information Act in Parliament”

Q and A to follow: 20 minutes

Forum: Bloggers’ Solidarity with The Press?

9.00PM to 10.00PM featuring:

Sdr Cheam Toon Lee
, newsman, former GEIC

Sdr Zunar, cartoonist, writer 

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan,
Chairperson, BERSIH 2.0

Sdr Hata Wahari,
NUJ President, “sacked” by Utusan Malaysia recently

Q and A to follow…

Kuala Lumpur
 June 1st, 2011