Malaysiakini: Revolutionizing Malaysian Media

In this 30-minute episode of, we explore the inspiring journey of Malaysiakini through the eyes of its co-founder, Premesh Chandran. From its inception in 1999 as a counter to Malaysia's government-dominated mainstream media, Premesh Chandran shares how Malaysiakini grew into a significant online news presence. He recounts the early challenges, including adapting to a subscription model and garnering immense reader support during times of adversity like police raids. The episode also highlights the crucial impact of the 2008 general elections on Malaysiakini's growth. Chandran offers valuable insights into the essence of independent journalism and provides sage advice for those looking to venture into the news industry. Tune in for an enlightening discussion about the power of independent media and its transformative role in Malaysian society.

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