About Me: I am Masjaliza Hamzah, and I work at the Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia www.cijmalaysia.org . I was a print journalist for 10 years but left that comfortable chair to work for Sisters in Islam -- a Malaysia-based Muslim women's group that totally rocks! That first leap of faith brought me to a space where I learned about human rights and progressive Islam -- two things which really resonate with me. I enjoyed working for a woman boss -- Zainah Anwar -- and though I have left SIS, she still inspires me :) As a journalist, I was active in promoting media freedom in Malaysia, and also did my part for the journalists' union. I studied Industrial Engineering but never practiced because I much prefer the pen to a stopwatch. I am also a keen supporter of Malaysia's human rights group SUARAM. I read in my spare time and tend to read a few books at the same time though I have to admit I sometimes don't finish any of them!
My Passions: media freedom, access to information, progressive Islam
My Challenges: restrictive laws, maintaining hope
My Vision for the Future: a world free of discrimination where we can express opinions openly and disseminate information freely
My Areas of Expertise: Malaysian media, Muslim women Southeast Asia