The Star can still be relied on for sports news and stock market reports – but its national news section really sucks, writes Francis Loh.
Contrary to the myth peddled by the state, a free and responsible press is essential to the national project to help build a harmonious multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi-religious society, observes Mustafa K Anuar.
Aliran is bemused again. Last week, the focus of attacks was on Suaram. This week, they have turned their attention to Malaysiakini.
Going by recent performances, there have been many, many days of infamy for Malaysian journalism, observes Zaharom Nain.
Of late there has been talk of setting up a media council. Zaharom Nain asserts that a council with teeth is needed to hold the media accountable to the rakyat.. The repressive legal environment and increasing concentration of media ownership have to be tackled as well.
Four media watchdog groups recently condemned Utusan Malaysia’s irresponsible reporting over an alleged call from Christian pastors to change Malaysia’s “official religion” to Christianity.
Hanya akhbar dan media lain yang mempunyai daya intelek yang tinggi, fikiran terbuka, komitmen terhadap kebenaran dan keadilan, dan kredibiliti tinggi yang boleh melayani kehendak dan keperluan warga negara progresif, tegas Mustafa K Anuar.
Such a movement could give voice and support to counter extremist views and help maintain peace and harmony in the country, suggests John Inbaraj.
Four media watchdog groups have condemned Utusan Malaysia’s front-page reporting of an alleged call from Christian pastors to change Malaysia’s “official religion” to Christianity.
Four civil society groups have spoken up in support of National Union of Journalists (NUJ) president Hata Wahari, who is facing a domestic inquiry by his employer, “Utusan Malaysia,” for being critical of political interference in the newspaper.