When Malaysiakini was launched in 1999, there was not a single site in Malaysia, that we believe was providing independent political news written by professional journalists, and scrutinised by an editorial team. Today there are quite a few sites which aim to provide independent political news, and they are strong competitors to Malaysiakini.
There are differences.
First, we believe we are the best amongst news sites. We try to be the most balanced and accurate, in the context of “news and views that matter”, and in line with our mission statement of promoting social justice, freedom of expression and democracy.
Second, Malaysiakini’s ownership is known. We have consistently put the mission of independent journalism, ahead of corporate or ownership agendas.
Third, we are funded by our readers via subscriptions. We do not self-censor to appease our advertisers.
Fourth, as Malaysiakini’s editorial team is composed of Malaysians from all walks of life, a healthy debate happens internally, and we look at a story from all angles.
Fifth, Malaysiakini is adamant about speaking truth to power. If a story needs to be told, Malaysiakini will do it, even if it means taking on the powers that be.