P Ramakrishnan explains why Aliran has terminated its subscription to the New Straits Times.
The Sunday Star yesterday, in a report headlined
“Ministry displeased over reports on walk”, told its readers how
upset Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin was with a local English-language daily
for “reporting on the Bar Council’s plan to organise a ‘People’s
Freedom Walk’ on Dec 9 in conjunction with the World Human Rights
Day". According to the report, Zainuddin was
so unhappy that his ministry would “write an official letter to the
newspaper to ask it not to play up such news". He reportedly
lamented, “The newspaper gave details like the time to gather and
also encouraged the people to bring posters.” He added that such a
report could contribute to national disunity.