Media BIAS: Bernama is the worst, followed by the Star!

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Fall out from the Sabah Invasion

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THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA VERSUS THE SOCIAL MEDIA

IN MALAYSIA, IT MAY SEEM SIMPLISTIC TO SEE THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA AS BN-OWNED OR PRO-BN, AND THE SOCIAL MEDIA AS PRO-PAKATAN RAKYAT.

HOWEVER, THAT IS CLOSER TO THE TRUTH THAN YOU MIGHT IMAGINE.

IT SHOULD ALSO NEVER BE FORGOTTEN THAT BUSINESS INTERESTS ARE VERY MUCH AT THE FORE-FRONT OF THE WAR BETWEEN THE TWO FORMS OF MASS MEDIA. THE FIGHT FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS AND THE ADVERTISING PIE IS VERY REAL.

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In a world exposed to the Internet, and from which Malaysia cannot escape, we have a government which is still in the pre-Mahathir and Mahathir era.

Back then, the government could control the flow of information. Many of us will remember the total news black-out of the 1969 race riots and of how all telephones were DEAD.

Today, what kind of a government do we have in Malaysia that believes that it can keep Malaysians un-informed, or even mis-informed?

Today, many are not depending on the official news to find out what’s going on.

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She said that, contrary to claims by some bloggers, MCA-owned Star was also mostly negative towards Pakatan over the period studied, from April 7 to May 7, 2013.

Malaysiakini

Bernama led ‘media attack’ on Pakatan in GE13

National news agency Bernama was the BN’s biggest ally in the media during the 13th general election, devoting 92.86 percent of its reports to “attacking” Pakatan Rakyat, according to a study.

The month-long research by the University of Nottingham and the Centre of Independent Journalism also found that for every Bernama report that was positive for the BN, “Pakatan got 0.045 items”.

She said that, contrary to claims by some bloggers, MCA-owned Star was also mostly negative towards Pakatan over the period studied, from April 7 to May 7, 2013.

“(In Star) 85.29 percent of the (reports) were negative to Pakatan, while 88.68 percent were positive to the BN,” she said.

According to the study, the findings of which were presented today, the print English-language media in the peninsula had closely trailed Bernama, with 90.29 percent of the reports also against Pakatan.

Bernama led ‘media attack’ on Pakatan in GE13

‘Media bias keeps M’sia in neo-authoritarian state’

The system in which the Malaysian media are forced to work in is keeping Malaysia in a “neo-authoritarian” state instead of a democratic one, an academic said.

Presenting how media coverage during the previous election had a heavy BN bias, University of Nottingham associate professor of media and communications Tessa Houghton said that the situation is unfortunate as Malaysians deserve better.

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“This is one of the major factors holding back Malaysia from being a true democracy.

‘Media bias keeps M’sia in neo-authoritarian state’

“Utusan is just doing its job as the government newspaper,” said Nazrul Azizi, a management consultant in Penang. “Malays must have a channel to express their sentiments.”

Malaysian Insider

Utusan just doing job as government paper, the Straits Times says

June 02, 2013

Utusan’s controversial May 7 headlines. — file picKUALA LUMPUR, June 2 — Utusan’s recent headlines, most notably “Apa lagi Cina mahu?” (What more do the Chinese want?), which appeared on May 7, and “Chinese tsunami”, on May 8, reflected the apparent betrayal felt by many Umno members in the wake of Election 2013, Singapore’s the Straits Times (ST) reported today.

However, other prominent figures who spoke to the broadsheet said it demonstrated an unnecessary racialisation of what they felt was a voting pattern more accurately explained as an urban-rural divide.

“I felt very disturbed when I saw the headline,” Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Umno’s former Temerloh MP, was quoted as saying. “Why were we so angry?”

“Umno did well in the 13th general election. Even though I lost, I felt thankful that Umno did better than in 2008. So why this headline?”

Utusan was once staffed by political activists fighting for independence from British rule and has long been a champion of Malay rights. But now, critics say, it has gone overboard in its defence of Umno, to the point of fomenting racism and intolerance.

Hata Wahari, an Utusan journalist for 16 years until he was fired in April 2011 for criticising the newspaper’s editorial policies, told ST the daily was not so strident during prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s tenure.

“Before 2008, you would not write off Utusan as a government propaganda machine,” he was quoted as saying. “But now it doesn’t question the government’s policies any more, it only acts as a propaganda tool for Umno and to slam the opposition.”

The newspaper’s defenders, however, counter that they see no difference between Utusan’s defence of Umno, the country’s biggest Malay party with 3.5 million members, and the sometimes incendiary commentaries in Chinese- and Tamil-language papers.

“Utusan is just doing its job as the government newspaper,” said Nazrul Azizi, a management consultant in Penang. “Malays must have a channel to express their sentiments.”

Utusan just doing job as government paper, the Straits Times says

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The ST said readers shunned the paper for what was perceived as lopsided reporting on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sacking as deputy prime minister in 1998 and his subsequent corruption and sodomy trial.

“In the rural areas, the Malays hate slander. My research showed that only 18 per cent of readers will believe what was written on Anwar,” said Shaharuddin.

Malaysian Insider

Straits Times: Credibility of Malaysia’s mainstream newspapers at stake

June 02, 2013

Singapore’s Straits Times said readers shunned the NST for what was perceived as lopsided reporting on Anwar Ibrahim’s sacking as deputy prime minister in 1998 and his subsequent corruption and sodomy trial. — file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 2 — Most of Malaysia’s mainstream newspapers appear to have taken a hit since the May 5 general election for perceived biased reporting, Singapore’s the Straits Times (ST) said today.

The broadsheet cited the examples of Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia and MCA-owned The Star newspaper.

“Star is in a dilemma of trying to be independent and yet pressured to boost BN’s image,” Shaharuddin Badaruddin, a political analyst at Universiti Teknologi Mara, was quoted as saying to the ST.

The Star is the largest English-language daily in Malaysia, averaging audited sales of 290,000 copies daily between January and June last year.

Umno’s network of media outlets is wide, according to the Kuala Lumpur-based Centre for Independent Journalism.

Via proxies, Umno controls Media Prima, which publishes the New Straits Times, Berita Harian and Harian Metro. It also owns the Utusan Group, which publishes Utusan Malaysia and Kosmo!

The ST said Utusan Malaysia has been accused of biased reporting for years, and its circulation has fallen from 213,000 in 2006 to between 170,000 and 180,000 last year.

It has been overtaken by Harian Metro, now the largest Malay daily — its circulation rose from 210,000 in 2006 to 394,000 last year. Analysts told the ST that younger readers are drawn to its culture and lifestyle-based content.

Once the No. 1 English-language paper, the New Straits Times saw its circulation decline sharply from 1999 to the early 2000s, going from 180,000 to as low as 80,000.
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The ST said newspaper readership in Malaysia is also facing challenges as younger people increasingly get their news online.

Internet users among Malaysia’s 29 million population grew from 3.7 million in 2000 to 17.7 million in June last year, a 61 per cent penetration rate. Nearly two-thirds of Internet users are aged 21 to 40.

Straits Times: Credibility of Malaysia’s mainstream newspapers at stake

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OBAMA’S CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO NAJIB

1 THE ACTUAL MESSAGE

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

Statement by the Press Secretary on Malaysia’s Elections

On behalf of the President and the people of the United States, we congratulate Prime Minister Najib on his coalition’s victory in Malaysia’s parliamentary elections on Sunday May 5.  We also congratulate the people of Malaysia, who turned out in record numbers to cast their votes, as well as the parties of the opposition coalition on their campaigns, as a vibrant opposition is a foundation of democracy.  We note concerns regarding reported irregularities in the conduct of the election, and believe it is important that Malaysian authorities address concerns that have been raised.  We look forward to the outcome of their investigations.  The United States looks forward to continuing its close cooperation with the government and the people of Malaysia to continue to strengthen democracy, peace, and prosperity in the region.

>>>>> http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/08/statement-press-secretary-malaysia-s-elections

This is the part left out by The Star (or Bernama?)

We note concerns regarding reported irregularities in the conduct of the election, and believe it is important that Malaysian authorities address concerns that have been raised.  We look forward to the outcome of their investigations. 

2 THE STAR’S VERSION

The Star

Published: Thursday May 9, 2013 MYT 6:31:00 PM

GE13: US hopes for continued cooperation with Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: The Office of the White House Press Secretary congratulated Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on his general election victory, saying it looked forward to continuing the close cooperation with the Malaysian government and its people to strengthen democracy, peace and prosperity in the region.

“On behalf of the President and the people of the United States, we congratulate Prime Minister Najib on his coalition’s victory in Malaysia’s parliamentary elections on May 5,” a statement from the US Embassy here said.

The general election saw Barisan Nasional returned to power after winning 133 of the 222 parliamentary seats to form the new federal government.

“We also congratulate the people of Malaysia who turned out in record numbers to cast their votes as well as the parties of the opposition coalition on their campaigns as a vibrant opposition is a foundation of democracy,” the statement said. – Bernama

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/5/9/nation/20130509182951&sec=nation&utm_source=TS

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Free Malaysia Today

Half-truths and lies in Sabah

FMT Staff | March 7, 2013

While it is politically convenient to keep Malaysians uninformed, it has led to widespread rumours and fears over the real situation gripping Sabah.

KOTA KINABALU: Of late, almost anything and everything is being linked to the security crisis that has unfolded in Lahad Datu.

The phenomenon of thousands of rumours circulating around Sabah about armed men spotted, bomb blasts and shootouts at various places in the state can be attributed to general doubt over the real situation.

The biggest beneficiaries due to the dearth of official information are the telecommunication companies. There has unquestioningly been an uptick in SMSes and MMSes as the military and police operation entered its fourth week yesterday.

The police have been dispelling most claims as wild rumours and have assured the people that they have the situation under control. But that’s easier said than done in this case.

It’s a scathing assessment of news dissemination or lack of it that rumours are needed to fill the vacuum.

Half-truths and lies in Sabah

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‘Sabah Incursion: Hang the Traitors’ by A Kadir Jasin, a pro-Umno blogger (a former group editor-in-chief of New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd and at times also a Berita Harian columnist):

“As has always been the case, when we send our policemen and soldiers into battle and are killed or injured, the chances are they are Melayus and bumiputeras.

“Perhaps there is wisdom in getting more Chinese and Indians to join the armed forces so that they, too, can die for one Malaysia.”

This is a shocking statement by someone who used to work for the NST, owned by UMNO.

Read the response below…

Chinese M’sians, too, have died for one Malaysia

When I read ‘Sabah Incursion: Hang the Traitors’ by A Kadir Jasin, a pro-Umno blogger (a former group editor-in-chief of New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd and at times also a Berita Harian columnist),  I was disappointed by his tone in the opening paragraphs of his blog post, which stated:

As has always been the case, when we send our policemen and soldiers into battle and are killed or injured, the chances are they are Melayus and bumiputeras.

“Perhaps there is wisdom in getting more Chinese and Indians to join the armed forces so that they, too, can die for one Malaysia.”

I would like to draw his and your readers’ attention to the huge sacrifices Chinese Malaysians have made for their country while serving in the Royal Malaysian Police.
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All right then, who’s to be blamed for the Malays bearing all the greatest sacrifice to their nation? Surely not the Chinese for in ‘less divisive’ days, we depended heavily (though not solely) on mainly Chinese policemen (and women) in the Special Branch to win our war against the insurrection of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM). Thus we should remember our Chinese Police heroes, people such as:

  • Yeoh Chew Bik (killed by communist terrorists (CTs) at Sebarang Perai);
  • Koh Ah Cheng (killed by CTs at Bukit Kepong police station; ironically the communist assailants were led by a Malay communist, Muhammad Indera);
  • Loh Ah Chu (killed by CTs at Bukit Berapit, Perak);
  • Chan Eng Teck (killed by CTs at Bukit Berapit, Perak);
  • Ang Lock Say (killed by CTs at Bukit Berapit, Perak);
  • Yeap Sean Hua (killed on duty while apprehending a criminal at Setapak; another policeman, Fong Thean Kit, who was off duty but heard the shot gave chase and apprehended the killer); [Important note: Both Yeap (posthumously) and Fong were awarded Malaysia’s highest gallantry award, the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (SP).]
  • Chin Chin Kooi (Special Branch chief inspector who served in the police for 21 years – shot at point blank range and killed by unknown slayers; before he died he managed to shoot back); [Important note: Chin was posthumously awarded the SP];
  • Lee Han Cheong (a sergeant and Police Field Force (PFF) patrol leader was killed by CTs near Bidor);
  • Deputy Comm Khoo Chong Kong (killed by communist subversives in Perak).

Pivotal to defeat of communist terrorist movement

Two other Special Branch police officers who are still alive today were awarded the SP, namely Supt Paul Kiong and Deputy Supt Sia Boon Chee. Without exaggeration, I would consider these two officers’ contributions (presumably still under secret classification) as pivotal to the defeat of the communist terrorist movement in peninsula Malaysia.

Thus five Chinese police officers were awarded the nation’s highest gallantry award, the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa, two posthumously. I hope Pak Kadir takes note of this.

Read more:

Chinese M’sians, too, have died for one Malaysia

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Earlier, it was revealed that UMNO Youth exco member Lokman Noor Adam had served as advisor to the ‘legitimate’ Sulu sultan, whose office is based in Shah Alam.

“If Lokman were a PR leader, hell would break loose [in the UMNO media] alleging that PR conspired to kill our policemen,” added Idris.

‘Thank God for new media’

Harakahdaily, 06 March 2013

Mar 6: The Lahad Datu incident involving foreign intruders would have been milked and spinned by the BN-controlled traditional media to attack Pakatan Rakyat were it not for the existence of the more popular new media.

PAS Central Committee member Idris Ahmad said the internet  through various online news portals has managed to instantly put to rest accusations by UMNO that PR had a hand in abetting the armed Sulu gunmen who invaded Lahad Datu.

“But even with this open sky, the UMNO media are still spreading lies to accuse the opposition especially Anwar Ibrahim.

“Funny that in the peninsula, they accuse PR of trying to overthrow the monarch, yet in Sabah, they say PR wants to install a monarch!” Idris remarked.

He was responding to several BN media’s allegation that opposition leaders had a hand in the intrusion led by a self-styled ‘sultan’ from the now-defunct Sulu sultanate claiming ownership of Sabah.

‘Thank God for new media’

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Datuk Maglin Dennis D’Cruz, Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Culture, AN UNELECTED POLITICIAN, said that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) was looking into suitable methods to monitor and control the use of social media in the general election.

Malaysian Insider

Side Views

Silly idea to control social media – The Malaysian Insider

March 02, 2013

MARCH 2 – One wonders where Datuk Maglin Dennis D’Cruz was on April 3, 2009 when Datuk Seri Najib Razak took office as Prime Minister and said “the days of government knows best is over”.

One wonders where D’Cruz was during the Budget 2013 speech last year when Najib proposed a fund to give smartphone rebates for youths to enable them to access the Internet.

One wonders where this man who is Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Culture was when Najib dubbed this year’s polls as a “social media election”.
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Monitor and control? Is this some hermit socialist or communist state we are living in where the authorities do not trust its citizens using social media tools?
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Monitoring and controlling what people do on social media is akin to what the Soviets did when they ruled Russia. It just dumbs down people to become sheep.

Malaysia can do without such politicians like D’Cruz who only think of controlling people’s minds. These are dinosaurs best left as museum exhibits and a reminder we need a society that is responsible for what it does, rather than one that lives under the shadow of control.

Silly idea to control social media – The Malaysian Insider

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Malaysiakini

MCMC to monitor and control use of social media in GE13

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is looking into suitable methods to monitor and control the use of social media in the 13th general election (GE13).

Deputy Information Communications and Culture Minister Maglin Dennis D’Cruz said this was to ensure that the social media would not be abused by irresponsible quarters to achieve their own political agenda.

The MCMC will monitor all users of social media, regardless of their political beliefs, to ensure peace and smooth running of the GE13, Maglin said after opening the ‘Know Your Neighbours’ programme organised by Penang Information Department at Taman Bagan flats in Butterworth today.

MCMC to monitor and control use of social media in GE13

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An online warfare is inevitable in the coming general election

Every movement, expression and word might be widely spread through mobile phones or computers within a few minutes, triggering overwhelming responses of either great praises, bad criticisms, or even mad curses.

Malaysian Insider

Side Views

Online warfare in the works — Lim Mun Fah

March 02, 2013

MARCH 2 —The difference between the 308 general election and the 11th general election was that SMSes had become a powerful propaganda weapon of the opposition.

One after another limerick filled with ridicule and sarcasm was forwarded from one mobile phone user to another user. The SMSes apparently made a great contribution in causing a political tsunami.

Five years later, the popularity and functionality of mobile phones have been greatly enhanced. With a smartphone, young people nowadays can not only receive and send SMSes, but also log in to websites, write on Facebook or read news at any time.

Similarly, the penetration of computer in some urban areas might even have long surpassed TVs. Generally, families might have only one desktop computer at home five years ago but today, every member of the family has their own computer or even tablet.

Online warfare in the works — Lim Mun Fah

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Tragic truth.On 28.02.2013, The Malaysian Insider headlined “ GE13 a referendum on media”.Indeed it is the truth but a tragic truth brought about by decades of lopsided news and propaganda engineered to shape the thinking of the masses to favour the ruling elites and to frown on anyone having an opposing or a different view.Yes, we can no longer manage the ethical standards required in the magnitude of information disseminated in the social media sites BUT who is responsible for this?Ruling elites! You have plenty of soul searching to do but I wonder if you will ever realize that by your insidious design to destroy the diversity and independence of thought process, you ignorantly and unwittingly gave rise to “RESISTANCE”, an inborn, inherent, invaluable and indestructible part of human nature.History is replete with accounts of this human nature and now social media is the latest and convenient tool at the disposal of various competing interest to shape our thoughts.As dangerous as it may sound, the unquenchable thirst for power and the desperate need to cling on to it will undoubtedly heighten the forces of resistance but none can predict the end result.Rumours, lies, propaganda, deception, misdirection , all have a life of their own but with one chip missing from this “picturesque media misfortune” – None now have the monopoly.Don’t scream “our world has changed”, you gave it to them!And if you want to know how the future may be like, watch this video, a film by by journalist and Pulitzer prize winner, Chris Hedges at http://vimeo.com/59002146Augustine Anthony.

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Facebook and Twitter: increasingly the place for information

Malaysian Insider

Political analysts have said that Malaysians are turning more to the Internet to get information, which has led to politicians setting up Facebook and Twitter accounts to reach out to voters, bypassing mainstream media that has seen lower newspaper circulation and smaller broadcasting audiences.

There are currently about 13.6 million Facebook users in Malaysia out of a 28.3 million-strong population, which is a 48 per cent penetration of the population, according to monitoring website socialbakers.com.

http://www.search.ask.com/web?l=dis&o=13156&qsrc=2873&q=Najib Razak said Election 2013 will be Malaysias

Malaysian Insider

Najib: Election 2013 first social media election

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
February 27, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — Election 2013 will be Malaysia’s first “social media election”, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today, echoing views that sites like Facebook and Twitter will be a key battlefront to Barisan Nasional’s (BN) defence of Putrajaya.

“The coming months will be a fascinating period for people in both politics and the Internet.

“I can confidently predict that this will be Malaysia’s first ‘social media elections’,” the BN chairman, who himself has more than 1 million followers on Twitter and some 1.2 million “likes” on Facebook, told the Malaysian Social Media Week event here.

http://www.search.ask.com/web?l=dis&o=13156&qsrc=2873&q=Najib Razak said Election 2013 will be Malaysias

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Malaysiakini

‘Smartphones present greatest danger in GE13’

A veteran media practitioner believes that the common smartphone, and its more than common capabilities, may cause trouble in the 13th general election (GE13), if authorities are not prepared for it.

Blogger and veteran editor A Kadir Jasin
In GE13 things can be complicated and go wrong if you don’t pre-empt. Unless you can ban the smartphone, there may be problems.

The Star executive editor Wong Sai Wan
Smartphones are the kingmakers of GE13 which will not be won by issues or debates but by a single picture of a political personality doing something controversial.

“Much like the photo of Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah which cost Semangat 46 quite a few votes,” recounted the senior journalist.

The 1990 photos of Razaleigh, popularly known as Ku Li, allegedly wearing a headdress with a the Christian cross on it caused a stir in Malaysian politics and brought down his hopes of victory in that year’s general election.

‘Smartphones present greatest danger in GE13’

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He means, of course, that they should listen listen listen to him!

NST

27 February 2013| last updated at 09:58PM

PM: Social media practitioners must be more mature, responsible

KUALA LUMPUR — Social media practitioners must take a more mature and responsible attitude when dealing with this new environment, said Datuk Seri Najib Razak. The prime minister, who expressed optimism of the social media and its impacton society, said it would be sad if there were no ethics at all, in the contextof the social media.He noted that the ethics and responsibility which came with it (social media) were equally important for society to underscore its importance.

Read more: PM: Social media practitioners must be more mature, responsible – Latest

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Malaysian Insider

BN’s Tengku Adnan admits Pakatan leading social media battle

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
February 28, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — Barisan Nasional (BN) admitted today that its rivals may be leading in the social media battle but described it as merely a superficial appeal that may not necessarily translate as votes.

“Voters may not follow us on social media because we are the government and maybe they think we have the mainstream media.

“The other side may have more hits but that doesn’t mean they (voters) would vote for them,” coalition secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor told reporters at the launch of its “Skuad BN” campaign.

BN’s Tengku Adnan admits Pakatan leading social media battle

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Malaysiakini

Senior journo urges media to combat cybertroopers

The credibility of the mainstream media can only be regained by discrediting the social media and attacking political cybertroopers, a senior journalist claimed.

“The rise of cybertroopers have made the social media unreliable. Cybertroopers are liars, thus making liars out of social media,” said English-language daily The Star’s executive editor Wong Sai Wan at a forum in Kuala Lumpur today on the new role of media in the coming national polls.

“This is our only way of regaining back our credibility. Our job is to get this word out.

Senior journo urges media to combat cybertroopers

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