For many years Sarawakians have been complaining about the 1-sided news from its mainstream media due to monopoly of the media licenses by either logging companies or political parties who side with BN. In this context how do people see an advice from a Minister that the reporters should be `responsible’ in sourcing their news? If the past `allowable’ news were any guide the advice is meant to allow sourcing of news from government or ruling parties’ sources. But this is not what democracy is all about. In a democracy all people’s opinions should be presented for others to decide. The media is so important that an American president said that he would choose a good media over a good government! The `4th estate’ can play an important role to correct government policies if it is allowed the press freedom, without the politicians breathing down their necks-often literally in some occasions! For such politicians the only way where they can’t make much noise is when the critical news is reported from outside the country, over internet, or broadcasted/published in West Malaysian media! Just after offering his advice on `responsible’ news sourcing Peter Chin handed the journalists association a Rm20k cheque. Is it his idea of `responsible’ news sourcing or pay-packet journalism?
Be responsible in sourcing for news, journalists told
Posted on June 15, 2011, Wednesday
MIRI : Journalists have to balance their quest for stories that sell their papers with their moral and social obligations said Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Peter Chin acknowledged yesterday.
“Because you have to sell papers and you want your paper to be read by public so there is a tendency to sensationalise such as reporting on things that may not be hundred per cent factual,” he said at installation ceremony of Northern Sarawak Journalists Association (NSJA) new executive members here.
Reminding them to be professional and rational in getting their sources of information, Chin cited the recent report in a national Malay daily which reported that the Christians want Christianity to be the official religion of the country. The journalist of the paper picked up the source from a blog which was not a credible source of information.
Chin said the report could have caused religious strife in the country had it not been for the quick intervention of the government.
Chin said, it was important for politicians, government officers and journalists to complement each other in getting the message through to the people.
Chin also acknowledged the good working relationship between him and media fraternity here over the years.
“The journalists in the northern region had worked well with me. It is a matter getting to know each other and respecting each other’s role that we play in the society,” said Chin.
Also present were Assistant Minister of Communication and Assistant Minister of Sports Datuk Lee Kim Shin, Telang Usan and Lambir assemblymen Dennis Ngau and Ripin Lamat respectively, Miri Resident Antonio Khato Galis, Mayor Lawrence Lai,Chin’s political secretary Datuk Sebastian Ting and former Pujut assemblyman Andy Chia.
Journalists association gets RM20,000 grant
Posted on June 14, 2011, Tuesday
MIRI: Miri Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Peter Chin announced a RM20,000 grant to the Northern Sarawak Journalists Association (NSJA) at the installation of its new office bearers here last night.
Chin, who is advisor of the NSJA, called on journalists to be responsible and informative and not be biased in their reporting.
Sensationalism could create uneasiness among the people of various races and religions, said Chin, who is Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister.
Rick Wong of See Hua Daily News is the new president of NSJA. The secretary is Ros Maria Buma of Utusan Borneo. The committee comprises 15 members. – Bernama