July 26, 2006
From Bernama: (and boy oh boy, are they living in an ancient world. With a single statement, they blot out the significance of ANY sort of New Media, including value-added Wikipedia and online citizen reporting.)
Alternative media, that include websites and blogs, should refer to the mainstream media for news and resources and not the other way round, said Deputy Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“What is happening now is that there are some mainstream media that pick up news from websites and blogs and other sources on the sidelines.
“Unfortunately most of the information are not based on sources that can be relied upon,” he told reporters upon arriving at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport, here Tuesday evening.
Therefore, Zahid said, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s call for mainstream media to avoid competing with Internet websites and blogs in publishing materials and news that were speculative and sensational in nature, was right and timely.
The Prime Minister Tuesday said that mainstream media should play its role in delivering information to the people while being aware of the need to not report anything that could prompt adverse reactions and create uneasy situations.
Zahid said: “To me, though the people have the choice in seeking news sources, the best option is to obtain information sourced from the mainstream media where their credibility could be defended.
“If the statements are untrue, those responsible are often taken to court. What is important is the crediblity of the material and the source.”
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