Source: The Rakyat Post
Omissions, distortion, inaccuracy and bias in the media industry has made it difficult for the average Malaysian to gain an objective view of many of the issues that affect Malaysia culturally, economically and politically. Those with power and influence know that media control or influence is crucial.
A free press is crucial for a functioning democracy, but if not truly free, paves the way for manipulation and concentration of views, thus undermining democracy itself.
Not too long ago, media magnate Tong Kooi Ong who controls the Edge Media and The Malaysian Insider was targeted by an anonymous blogger in an expose that used fabricated evidence to implicate him in a negative light.
The blogger alleged that the media magnate was shorting currency and using his media empire to manipulate business sentiment. The blogger provided a screenshot of smses that were fabricated by professionals. Similar sms ‘exposes’ of Najib Razak had also been played out during the Mongolian Altantuya murder case. Subsequently, the courts have shown the alleged smses by Najib Razak are fake.
Industry experts note that it would be impossible to crash the currency with such a small investment. It seems the intention was to discredit the credibility of the magnate and his publications. Nevertheless local media went to town with the story as the blogger and the media magnate exchanged blows.
The New York Times featured an investigative journalism piece that linked Prime Minister stepson Riza Aziz to prominent businessman Jho Low. The story ran over 6000 words long and was translated into Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin. Continue reading