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The Afghan National Police protecting demonstrators from the Taliban

Police keeping the peace during a deomnstration in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Police keeping the peace during a demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan (Photo by Zan Azlee, 2011).

Demonstrations happen on a regular basis in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, because they are still building their country and their government. It is actually a welcome sight because they are fighting for democracy.

I managed to witness a protest where opposition politicians and their supporters protested in front of the president’s office because they felt several members of parliament were illegally voted into offie and demanded for their sacking.

The photo above is of the Afghan National Police assisting the demonstrators and keeping them safe from the traffic and, of course, from any terrorist attacks (ie: the Taliban).

I even recorded the demonstration on video and interviewed several protestors and members of parliament.


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The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 46) – Media fuss over police reports

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 46) – Media fuss over police reports

Police reports are made every day but Zan and Aizyl talk about the special reports set up to create a media spectacle and the pointlessness of it all. It’s been reported that the Abdul Rani Kulup Abdullah led Martabat Jalinan Muhibbah Malaysia (MJMM)has made over 300 police reports since its inception in 2008.

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The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 41) – Journalists arrested, democracy re-died again?

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 41) – Journalists arrested, democracy re-died again?

Journalists of online news portal The Malaysian Insider were recently arrested by the police for an allegedly seditious article. Paranoid? Pissed? Zan and Aizyl are feeling a little bit of both. Maybe the scare tactics work?

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The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 40) – #KitaLawan lagi… not as much lawan

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 40) – #KitaLawan lagi… not as much lawan

Marching like a wedding procession was hilarious. But with #KitaLawan leaders hauled up by the police just before the demonstration really hurt the numbers. Are the police succeeding in turning the volume down on #KitaLawan?

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Writers should not be threatened with police reports



Writers should not be threatened by police reports
By Zan Azlee

The recent police report made by a chairman of an NGO against online columnist Mariam Mokhtar for an opinion piece she wrote is a worrying precedence.

As is the case in Malaysia, every single expression that could slightly offend someone can be made into a police report in order to intimidate the person making that expression.

For someone to have to resort to making a police report over a piece of writing, it just goes to show that he does not have the ability to engage with the writer in the most appropriate way.

Personally, I have read many things that I find offensive written by many people (such as Ridhuan Tee and the likes) in many publications, online and in print.
But I do not make police reports against these writers because I believe that they have a right to express whatever their thoughts and opinions are, no matter how absurd.

But what I would do, and have done many times, is to engage writers by writing my own thoughts and opinions to counter what I disagree with.

In fact, there have been times where another writer and I had a go for several weeks criticising and having a blow with each other in our weekly columns. No reports were made.

And that is exactly how it should be because that is what a rational discourse is supposed to be like, with the public chipping in and making up their own minds as well.

No good ever comes from shutting people up through force rather than logic and reasoning. And that is why I will continue to advocate for no censorship.

If police reports are continuously made against writers because of their writing, then it would be a matter of time before there will no longer be thought-provoking writing to push society. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]