Friday, December 11, 2009

Should Nga Kor Ming sue those misreporting?

Often it is said that the media's tendency to get overwrought about almost everything under the sun and politicians aim to get free ride from media.

Taiping MP Nga Kor Ming

Undeniably, it is claimed that although politicians frequently communicate to media but media change some of their message especially those have different schools of thought. It is a process by which the media determines what issues to cover and how big as media prefers more confrontational issues to less one.

Ironically, mainstream media tends to pick up on these claims. But they never take into consideration that the political damage has already been done. Strong praise and ugly words directed at politicians. It clearly shows that the media cannot effectively compete with the new media.

Basically, a credible media should engage itself in a fair and free reporting. The news reporting should be balanced with the demands of fair play without bias.

Unfortunately, it was reported frequently that the media’s role in spreading confusion regarding the political statement. In an attempt to be balanced, media often inadvertently tilts the scale too far to accommodate the political statement that looking to spread misinformation and confusion.

Its embarrassing that media is making the situation worse by trying to twist the statement and give a free ride in newspaper to certain politicians.

In fact, the media should not be blamed if it reports on matters that needed to be made known to the people as long as it does not divert from the facts, as said by Information, Communication and Culture Minister Rais Yatim.

In this regard, he said it was not proper for certain quarters to accuse the media of twisting facts in its reporting as he felt the Malaysian media was responsible in relating facts of importance to society.

Rais Yatim said Taiping MP Nga Kor Ming should not blame the media in general but rather single out media that he charged was twisting his statement.

He said, "As long as the facts are true, the media can report, but if the facts are false, then the party aggrieved has the right to sue those misreporting".

The questions arise: Do politicians used to get
free ride from media? Should Nga Kor Ming sue those misreporting?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

why not?