Angeline Loh looks at how the media have covered Asahi Kosei’s lawsuit against rights defender Charles Hector and discovers a distinct pro-business bias.
Akhbar online harus prihatin terhadap kemungkinan suatu usaha untuk memalingkan perhatian umum daripada isu yang lebih mencabar, seperti rasuah yang merebak, ujar Mustafa K Anuar.
Would it be too much to ask of Information Minister Rais Yatim and RTM to be fairer in dealing with news and views from the opposition, asks Mustafa K Anuar.
While today’s Utusan Malaysia predictably ‘graces’ its front page with the photos of Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and his allegedly sodomised former aide Saiful Bukhari under the screaming headline, ‘Berlaku penetrasi’ (Penetration occurs), theSun soaks in a wrap-around of four pages of ‘advertorial’ about 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
The media coverage of the Sosilawati murder reflects an inherently elitist approach to reporting: if human life is sacred, why shouldn’t the death of an ordinary person be given similar treatment as a VIP’s, wonders Mustafa K Anuar.
On 10 August, Perkasa made a police report against CPI columnist Ms Helen Ang, calling for her to be investigated under the Sedition Act or ISA. Lim Teck Ghee has the story.
Angeline Loh takes issue with The Star for an article which she feels promotes xenophobia towards Myanmar refugees, many of whom are forced to beg because they are unable to work here.
In an article entitled “Inconclusive Findings” in the Eastern Times of 16 September 2009, James Ritchie wrote:
Led by Director-General of Women’s Development Department (Jabatan Pembangunan Wanita) Dato Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, the 24-member team, which included the likes of Ivy Josiah from the Women’s Aid Organisation, Dr Prema Deveraj from the Women’s Centre for Change, a Penan geologist working with Petronas John Fery James, and officers from the Health, National Registration, Welfare, Rural Development and Education Departments, was set up….
Think about this for a moment. Israel is called Israel in BBC reports. But Palestine is rarely called Palestine. Israel fights Hamas. Israel has a name, the name of a place, a country. Palestine has none. Instead, Hamas – or, the more usual, Hamas militants – are fighting Israel. Never do we hear of the Palestinians or the Palestinian people, observes John Hilley.
TV3’s 360 programme telecast on 16 July 2008 and hosted by Mazidul Akmal Sidik was a parody of investigative reporting. The programme not only purported to expose street beggars as ‘bogus poor’ ‘parasiting’ on public charity but placed unnecessary emphasis on those who happened to be foreigners. This was one of the most insensitive pieces of journalistic arrogance, devoid of compassion and inclined to incite public xenophobia against destitute migrants stranded in this country.