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Covenant Cog or Functional Fourth Estate. A Survey of Malaysian Journalists’ Attitudes towards their Profession

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  • Rohini SREEKUMAR

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    (Monash University)

  • Sony JALARAJAN RAJ

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    (Monash University)

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    In Malaysia, the idealistic notion of the news media as ‘watchdog’ is largely redundant due to the external and institutional realities associated with its functioning in a heavily regulated, monitored and controlled media system. There has been little analysis of Malaysian journalists’ perceptions of their profession. Operating within an authoritarian mediascape, Malaysian journalists have to surrender their journalistic values and principles of practice thereby pervading a culture of self-censorship.

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    Article provided by University of Bucharest, Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies – Universitatea din Bucuresti, Facultatea de Jurnalism si Stiintele Comunicarii in its journal Romanian Journal of Journalism and Communication.

    Volume (Year): (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 16-32

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    Handle: RePEc:foj:journl:y:2012:i:1:p:16-32

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    Keywords: Journalists; Malaysia; Freedom; Profes sionalism; News Media;

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