According to the "HARTAL MSM Committee " media statement the boycott of local newspapers is one way "we can check the rot in our country and a means for civil society to take constructive action. Malaysia deserves a free press."
This initiative was borne out of a genuine concern in society over how news reported by the MSM did not always tally with facts. For a start, it is advocating a 'Newspaper Free Tuesday'.
For details on the press conference and media statement go: here.
Hartal-MSM has also started a ‘Boycott the Newspapers!’ online petition. You can access it at : http://www.petitiononline.com/hartal/petition.html