Apply Proper Standards of Journalistic Integrity

Source: The Rakyat Post

In an open letter on Tuesday, the Sarawak Report admitted the source of its story was Xavier Andre Justo and tried to suggest that he was not a criminal

report1HOW far can the plethora of blogs and online postings, which increasingly contribute to what we call the media, really be trusted as credible journalism?

Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo’s recent arrest, for example, accused of blackmailing and extorting his ex-employer, PetroSaudi International, has raised questions about the credibility of allegations made on online blog Sarawak Report and other news portals.

This, in turn, has raised questions as to how rigorously non-mainstream news sources verify their information; and the extent to which they can be relied upon to filter the truth from the lies.

The 49-year-old’s arrest has further brought into focus how the reputation of any company or individual can come under unfair global scrutiny because of a misinformed online onslaught; and how many innocent Malaysians have come to be misled by a political smear campaign built on incomplete and creatively edited documents.

The inquiry of the Royal Thai Police will no doubt give us many answers in time. But one thing is clear now — blogs which rely on unverified information, including so-called “leaks”, are vulnerable to manipulation by those with their own agenda.

Exclusive reports in The New Straits Times this week have revealed some of the background of this remarkable case in which Justo had made demands for cash from his former employer in return for not selling data he had stolen to the highest bidder.

Pictures of a heavily tattooed Justo, appearing under armed guard this week, have been shown around the world as the man behind the failed blackmail and extortion plot.

Some of that data, which global IT experts Protection Group International (PGI) has confirmed was creatively selected and edited prior to publication, has appeared in Sarawak Report, causing a political storm and unfairly damaging the reputations of individuals, companies, government institutions and political figures.

The reality is that in a digital age, emails, texts, VOIP, instant messaging, tweets, blogs and a host of other apps can easily feed rumour and speculation which is sometimes created in error and sometimes created through malice or personal gain.

Whether due to a lack of resources, time or interest, the Sarawak Report published a series of damaging stories about 1Malaysia Development Berhad and PetroSaudi based on unverified digital data obtained from a source of dubious integrity — Xavier Andre Justo. Continue reading

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PUKI: Parti untuk Kaum Islam

Source: Malaysia-Today

Ah yes, of course, progressives believe in DAP. Un-progressives do not believe in DAP.

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Today, the news kecuh regarding the PAS ‘progressives’ buka puasa with their DAP and PKR masters last night. There is talk that the ‘progressives’ in PAS are going to form a new party — maybe they can call it Parti Untuk Kaum Islam (PUKI) — and will team up with DAP and PKR to form a new opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat 2.0.

As I wrote in my earlier article, What do you mean by progressive Malays? (read here), we need to establish the difference between these PAS progressives and the PAS…hmm…what do we call them? Un-progressives?

This is so that we can decide whether to support these progressives or are they just offering us old wine in a new bottle?

Okay, so let us compare the difference between these progressives and their counterparts, the un-progressives.

  • Un-progressives pray fives times a day. Progressives pray fives times a day.
  • Un-progressives fast during the month of Ramadhan. Progressives fast during the month of Ramadhan.
  • Un-progressives go to Mekah to perform their pilgrimage. Progressives go to Mekah to perform their pilgrimage.
  • Un-progressives believe the Shariah is God’s law and mandatory upon Muslims. Progressives believe the Shariah is God’s law and mandatory upon Muslims.
  • Un-progressives believe adultery and extramarital sex are forbidden. Progressives believe adultery and extramarital sex are forbidden.
  • Un-progressives believe homosexual relationships are forbidden. Progressives believe homosexual relationships are forbidden.
  • Un-progressives will not eat pork. Progressives will not eat pork.
  • Un-progressives will not drink liquor. Progressives will not drink liquor.
  • Un-progressives believe in Muhammad, Jesus, Moses, Abraham and the 124,000 Prophets, 25 mentioned by name in the Qur’an. Progressives believe in Muhammad, Jesus, Moses, Abraham and the 124,000 Prophets, 25 mentioned by name in the Qur’an.
  • Un-progressives believe the Qur’an came from God and was not fabricated by man. Progressives believe the Qur’an came from God and was not fabricated by man.
  • Un-progressives believe in heaven and hell. Progressives believe in heaven and hell.
  • Un-progressives believe heresy and apostasy are forbidden. Progressives believe heresy and apostasy are forbidden.
  • Un-progressives believe gambling is forbidden. Progressives believe gambling is forbidden.
  • Un-progressives believe cheating and fraud are forbidden. Progressives believe cheating and fraud are forbidden.
  • Un-progressives believe theft and robbery are forbidden. Progressives believe theft and robbery are forbidden.

Hmm…so what is the difference between the progressives and the un-progressives?

Ah yes, of course, progressives believe in DAP. Un-progressives do not believe in DAP.

Yes, there is a difference after all.

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Media magnate Tong comes under Home Ministry spotlight

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Source: The Rakyat Post

Former banker and media magnate Datuk Tong Kooi Ong, who owns The Edge Media Group, was issued a warning for allegedly publishing incorrect news, and reminded of licence revocation.

“He (Tong) must take responsibility for publishing incorrect news, which should have been verified beforehand,” Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.

The strongly worded warning came about when the Home Minister was asked to comment on Malaysia’s follow up action to the arrest of Swiss suspected extortionist Xavier Justo in Thailand on Monday.

“We (the Home Ministry) have been informed that the suspect was the individual responsible for channelling incorrect information to political blog Sarawak Report, which resulted in many baseless accusations against 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

“The reports published by Sarawak Report triggered a chain of false news which were then picked up by business newspaper The Edge and other media organisations,” he told reporters before breaking fast at the Home Ministry’s headquarters today.

He said any false news, he reminded, can result in the licence of the media organisation responsible being revoked by the Home Ministry under the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA 1984). Continue reading

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End of the Road for Pakatan Rakyat – RIP

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All the bullshit now surfacing

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Poison tainted Chinese solar panel maker sets up factory in Penang

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PAS imposes Taliban style rules for the media at its assembly

pas-moderate2PERATURAN PETUGAS MEDIA SEMASA MEMBUAT LIPUTAN MUKTAMAR TAHUNAN PAS KE 61

Semua petugas media yang mendapat kebenaran membuat liputan di Muktamar Tahunan PAS adalah tertakluk kepada SEMUA peraturan dibawah. Kegagalan mematuhi peraturan yang ditetapkan akan menyebabkan mereka TIDAK DIBENARKAN membuat liputan sepanjang Muktamar berlangsung.


1.0 Muktamar Tahunan PAS akan berlangsung pada 17 Syaaban 1436H / 4 Jun 2015 [KHAMIS]. Majlis Perasmian akan bermula jam 9.00 pagi sehingga 12.30 tengahari. Muktamar akan berlangsung di Stadium Tertutup, Kuala Selangor selama tiga hari bermula 4 hingga 6 Jun.

2.0 Sehubungan itu, pihak tuan/puan diingatkan untuk mematuhi semua peraturan semasa membuat liputan serta kod etika berpakaian sepanjang Muktamar tersebut, seperti berikut:

2.1 Semua petugas media yang berdaftar mestilah mendapatkan PAS MEDIA di kaunter khas media pada 4 JUN 2015 bermula jam 8.00 pagi sehingga jam 8.50 pagi sahaja.

2.2 Petugas media hendaklah berada diruang  media yang telah disediakan sahaja.

2.3 Hanya LIMA KERUSI disediakan di ruang media untuk SATU AGENSI MEDIA termasuk jurugambar.

2.4 Pergerakan petugas media di luar daripada kawasan dewan Muktamar tidak tertakluk kepada Jawatankuasa Media.

2.5 Pergerakan petugas media perlu tertib dan menjaga adab sopan agar tidak mengganggu perjalanan Muktamar.

2.6 Semasa sesi Pembuangan Undi, petugas media hanya dibenarkan berada dikawasan yang dibenarkan sahaja dan tidak dibenarkan mengganggu laluan perwakilan untuk urusan pengundian.

2.7 Petugas media tidak dibenarkan menghalang pandangan dan membelakangkan pentas utama dan kawasan tetamu khas.

2.8 Hanya petugas media yang mempunyai PAS MEDIA RASMI MUKTAMAR PAS sahaja dibenarkan membuat liputan dalam dewan utama.

PENTING!

2.9 Semua Petugas Media digalakkan membawa BROADBAND sendiri bagi mengelakkan sebarang masalah internet ketika membuat liputan atau laporan berita. Continue reading

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Penangites grow restless with building frenzy

Source: Free Malaysia Today

By Mata Kuching

The whole island had been declared a city but the council is yet to implement its latest local plan, which speaks volumes on the standard of state governance.

An ever-growing number of Penangites are becoming disgruntled with the frenzied pace of development for the past seven years under the Pakatan Rakyat state government.

These Penang thoroughbreds, including some backbenchers, are increasingly frustrated and disappointed as the current Pakatan government shows no sign of looking into socio-economic development befitting the aspiration of local residents.

It would not be an overstatement to say the Pakatan government has no vision, no insight, and most importantly no blueprint: no structural or local plans for organised, systematic, environment-friendly, human-friendly and heritage-friendly development.

The heritage that is the soul of Penang, is not protected as the state government drags its feet on implementing the Special Heritage Area Plan and the revised as well as an updated state structural plan and city local plan.

The whole island had been declared a city but the council is yet to implement its latest local plan, which speaks volumes on the standard of state governance.

Yet many Penangites remain unperturbed, except for some concerned citizens, because they are not as well-informed — or perhaps because they are busy looking for more details of a certain murdered Mongolian woman.

They can hardly realise that without proper plans in place, no government could possibly carry out socio-development policies to meet residents’ desires.

They fail to see that the lack of these plans allows the state government to implement policies at its own whims and fancies, as is happening now.

Hill forest lands, including gazetted water catchment areas, are being cleared illegally for some mega projects. Heritage structures are being torn down illegally for similar reasons.

Traffic in parts of the city is choking and public transportation is nowhere near being efficient, reliable or affordable enough for all.

Local residents, who provide the meaning and fundamental dynamism to the term intangible or living heritage, are being slowly but surely wiped out from the Unesco heritage area in George Town city.

The state government has not built, and probably never will build, affordable and comfortable lower-cost houses to cater to the dire needs of lower- income people and seem keen only to approve mega housing projects for the rich and the elite.

Perhaps the state has conducted a study and found that the rich and the elite have housing needs much greater and more urgent than poorer Penangites. Continue reading

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