Star Reporters Bag Prizes For, IMHO, Doubtful Stories

Yes, I’m being confrontational. Bring it on!

From The Star 17 April 2010:

Star reporters bag prizes

KUALA LUMPUR: For relating her experience in Gaza and the plight of the people trapped there without aid, The Star journalist Shahanaaz Habib won the MPI Best International Journalism Award.

She and a group of journalists crossed the Rafah checkpoint on the Egypt-Gaza border into the occupied territory where she interviewed people who lived in dire conditions.

Executive Director and Group Chief Editor Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai received the award on her behalf from Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Shahanaaz, who is currently in Bangkok to cover the Thai Red Shirt protests, received RM15,000 and a certificate at the MPI-Petronas Journalism Awards held here last night.

The Kajai award was given to Melati Mohd Arif from Bernama who wrote about global warming at Genting Highland resort.

She received RM30,000 in cash, a gold medal and a certificate.

How much are you willing to bet that if Shahanaaz Habib had written about how Hamas spends all the aid money on buying and making thousands of rockets to provoke Israel into retaliating and hitting Hamas’ human shields, she wouldn’t have won that prize? After all, we know how truthful the media is when reporting about Israel.

And if Melati Mohd Arif covered the various Climategates, Glaciergate, Pachaurigate, Amazongate and the lack of any warming over the past 10 years, do you think he wouldn’t have won his prize?

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