Update: 6 May, 3.15pm
Mr. Manager commented on this post and thanked me for highlighting this issue. You are welcome, Vernon:
Thank you for highlighting this issue. It may be a storm in a tea-cup, but all the same, principles are involved. The matter has been resolved. Dato WCW called earlier today, explained and offered a sincere apology which I accepted.
Vernon aka Mr Manager.
Well, I hope that more than an apology, Mr. Wong MUST ensure that this does not happen again to other bloggers. Will he?
Update: 5 May, 10pm
Looks like Mr. Manager, the blogger who first broke the story about Penang CM Lim Guan Eng travelling economy class is pissed off with the STAR.
In “Should I be proud or pissed off? Whither journalism?”, Mr. Manager expressed his disappointment over the paper conveniently “borrowing” his photo WITHOUT his permission. Ironically, that story which the STAR carried along with the “stolen” photo became the MOST VIEWED story over the weekend.
Mr. Manager is also mad that the STAR cropped his photo of celebrity Ning Baizura posing with Guan Eng, and removed his watermark. He provided some evidence in his blog, and says he has every right to initiate legal action against the paper.
Aiyoh!!! STAR nih teruk lah!
Yesterday, I posted:
Wong Chun Wai says in his ON THE BEAT column (Page 29, Sunday STAR, today): “Bloggers are no longer just posting their comments but are also breaking news on their blogs”.
But Datuk, looks like the STAR has copied an exclusive on Rocky Bru’s blog but did not give him any acknowledgement. Is this a habit or has it become a policy? – To copy a story when bloggers break it and then to work on it, and later pretend as if it is their own story?
I think it’s cheap lah.
The story concern (on Page 16, of the Nation section of the STAR) was about Wan Hamidi Hamid being hired by Penang CM Lim Guan Eng – Journalist may become CM’s political sec.
Rocky first broke the story on his “First Class CM flies economy class?” post on May 3 @ 3.08pm. The STAR also carried the story on the economy flight on the same page (N16). I first read this story on Anil Netto’ blog.
STAR did mention the blog that carried the story, albeit briefly, without even mentioning the name of the blog, which is Mr. Manager; and the story headline “Have you seen a Chief Minister sit in Economy Class? I have“.
Tsk. Tsk. What standards is the STAR promoting? And yesterday, was International Press Freedom Day.