The official launch of BENAR will take place immediately following the CIJ forum on Press Freedom.
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 4th May, 2008
Venue: Central Market Annexe
We will be inviting both the local and foreign media to attend the launch and will explain to everyone our civil action initiative to promote Truth in Reporting. We will also announce the Minggu BENAR of 1st to 7th June, 2008 during which week, everyone will be invited to do what they can to persuade those in control to remove the existing restrictions and allow our journalist community to report without fear or favour.
We will also ask our local journalists to Dare to be Free. Civil society can only raise concerns and offer support. The change has to come from within the journalist community. Minggu BENAR will be the opportunity for them to stand up or walk or do whatever is their preferred mode of expression, to state their case.
EDITORS, STAND BY YOUR MEN AND WOMEN....
THEY WILL BE LOYAL TO YOU,
WHILST YOU CANNOT GUARANTEE THE SAME FROM YOUR POLITICAL MASTERS.