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Premesh Chandran from malaysiakini.com – Fund independent media April 17, 2009

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Premesh Chandran started his panel by discussing Malaysia and the website he oversees, malaysiakini.com. The mission of the media outlet is to provide independent news that’s accurate, credible and balanced; to be the first in news; and to provide plural and incisive views.

“You can be balanced or in danger of being in jail,” Chandran said.

Chandran showed a video of how the people have come to accept malasiakini.com, and included examples of the work they have presented on the site.

Malaysiakini.com has reported on demonstrations, destruction of temples, horrendous things going on in the country are now being reported on for the last 10 years they’ve existed. Before, the media was controlled, keeping the same party in power for 50 years.