Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Local journalists practise good journalism???

When I came across the following news report in The Malaysian Insider (and also Malaysiakini), I wasn't sure whether Hisham was referring to the independent bloggers or those pro UMNO bloggers. But knowing this UMNO fella, I am sure he was referring to the former. Be that as it may, then he had better take a good look at where his other three fingers are pointing. All the msm, especially Utusan, do not adhere to the rules and ethics of good journalism, so they spin and spin and spin so as to curry favour from their political masters; and if this was not bad enough, they write articles that incite hatred towards the non-Malays. If one was to follow the law, the reporters, editors and printers of Utusan would now probably be spending a total of "100 years"in jail under the ISA. Local journalists adhere to ethics? Puhleeeezz lah!

KUALA TERENGGANU, Dec 15 — Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said some bloggers, unlike local journalists, do not adhere to the rules and ethics of journalism in their bid to garner popularity.

“The local journalists adhered to ethics but these bloggers did not, and this was what set apart journalists from these bloggers,” he said at the presentation of the 2009 ExxonMobil Journalism Awards here last night.

Hishammuddin said journalists in the country would have nothing to fear so long as their reports adhered to the ethics of journalism, adding that they would be accepted by the people.

He said journalists who reported the truth would not be penalised and those who spread slander would not be successful.

At the function, two Bernama journalists were among those honoured. Wan Affandi Wan Mahadi of Bernama TV was awarded the second prize (RM1,000 cash) in the audio visual category while Ibrahim Abu Bakar won the third prize (RM750) in the sports writing category. — Bernama

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