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


  • Rohini SREEKUMAR

    () (Monash University)


    () (Monash University)


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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  • Rohini SREEKUMAR & Sony JALARAJAN RAJ, 2012. "Covenant Cog or Functional Fourth Estate. A Survey of Malaysian Journalists’ Attitudes towards their Profession," Revista Romana de Jurnalism si Comunicare - Romanian Journal of Journalism and Communication, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies – Universitatea din Bucuresti, Facultatea de Jurnalism si Stiintele Comunicarii, issue 1, pages 16-32.
  • Handle: RePEc:foj:journl:y:2012:i:1:p:16-32

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

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    • Z - Other Special Topics
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics


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