Hishamuddin Says Local Journalists Ethical, Some Bloggers Aren’t and Spread Hate Instead

From The Star 15 Dec 20909:

Some bloggers are unethical, claims Hishammuddin

KUALA TERENGGANU: Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein claimed that some bloggers, unlike local journalists, do not adhere to the rules and ethics of journalism in their bid to garner popularity.

Local journalists adhered to ethics but these bloggers did not, and this was what differentiated the journalists from these bloggers, he said at the presentation of the 2009 ExxonMobil Journalism Awards here on Monday night.

Hishammuddin claimed that 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 also claimed that journalists who reported the truth would not be penalised and those who spread slander would not be successful. — Bernama

From The Star 16 Dec 2009:

Hisham slams bloggers who spread politics of hate

KUALA TERENGGANU: The existence of bloggers who are out to spread “politics of hate” can be detrimental to national progress, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

He said these bloggers had manipulated freedom of speech to disseminate lies and slander in cyberspace.

“There is no credibility in some of their postings while articles are fabricated and sensationalised in an attempt to gain popularity,” he said after presenting awards at the 2009 ExxonMobil Journalism Award here on Monday.

Hishamuddin said the advent of the new media had somewhat altered the reporting style adopted by mainstream journalism.

“Journalists are pressured to keep pace with updates, especially upon realising that netizens will make comparison between articles in the blogosphere and those in the mainstream,” he said.

Hishammuddin said an element that differentiated journalists from bloggers was the adherence to a code of ethics and rules by the editorial board of mainstream media.

“Mainstream journalists should preserve this code of ethics and at any time, avoid emulating the style of certain irresponsible bloggers.

“Younger journalists should go back to the basics of journalism, which is to uphold a high level of integrity when reporting,” he said.

Hishamuddin also gave an assurance that local journalists had nothing to fear if they maintained fact and credibility in their work.

Like these journalists?

And this blogger?

And these politicians?

Remember what then-PM Badawi said:

If information in blogs, websites and online portals were incorrect, bordered on slander, caused disturbance or compelled the public to lose faith in the nation’s economic policies, their authors would be detained for investigation.

Does this apply to Utusan Malaysia and UMNOputras, we wonder?

After all, don’t ever forget exactly who is uttering these chiding words.



Above from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters

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One Response to “Hishamuddin Says Local Journalists Ethical, Some Bloggers Aren’t and Spread Hate Instead”

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