KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Journalists Association (SJA) questions the rationale behind limiting the number of media into the high profile case of Sabah’s two chief ministers today.
Court officials caught media personnel by surprise when they just listed names of eight media organisations seemingly at random, leaving most of the 20 media organisations in the state out of court room.
“It is sad that we were not consulted,” SJA President Datuk Muguntan Vanar said.
The media was given the Sabah courts assurance to help streamline issues pertaining to court working relationship with the media.
This was among the issues discussed during the first meeting of the Bench, Bar and Media Committee last year.
The meeting was chaired by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri David Wong Dak Wah.
” We hope court officials would use the committee network to streamline issues like this in the future,” he said.
“As media practioners we disseminate news to the larger public and should be given priority for space within the gallery.”-SabahNewsToday