But more importantly, how can an experience journalist make this “mistake’? I believe she had full confidence in her source and released the information. An investigations,as many have suggested, is in order. Malaysiakini, we need to know the story behind the story.
I am referring to Wong Choon Mei’s resignation from Malaysiakini over the ‘mysterious’ Najib manifesto which purportedly came from “a group of supporters”.
In The Malaysian Insider, Wong has been glorified for showing “veterans the standards that Malaysian journalism must aspire for”, and that:
…she has now become the standard for professionalism and accountability in Malaysian media. And she has shown the difference between freedom and responsibility in the online world which the mainstream media has yet to reveal despite their years in the industry.
Indeed the standards of professionalism in Malaysiakini is very high. Always have since the online news was launched in 1999.
Wong is NOT the first reporter to resign from Malaysiakini over a rotten report. Someone else did, a former Utusan Malaysia reporter, way back in 2001, resigned when he “put words into the mouth of” PRM President and now PKR’s deputy Syed Husin Ali. In other words, fabricating quotes.
Another resigned in 2004 when she wanted to dabble in politics.
There are NO choices in Malaysiakini when it comes to ethics and professionalism. There is NO way you can escape and pretend nothing has happened when you err in your reports such as Wong had done.
Either you resign or you will be asked to leave. The editor in chief will make sure of that.
It’s really has little to do with ‘one’s standard of journalism or responsibility”. But you will learn of the two with the experience.
The Malaysian Insider is right that UTUSAN MALAYSIA should take a leaf from this episode:
In comparison, DAP leader and lawmaker Teresa Kok has had to sue Utusan Malaysia and its columnist Mohd Zaini Hassan over an article titled “Azan, Jawi, Jais, UiTM dan ba-alif-ba-ya” published in the Malay-language newspaper on Sept 10 which she alleges was maliciously intended to defame her.
The article had accused her of asking mosque officials to stop the use of loudspeakers at a mosque when performing azan prayers. Kok has denied these claims. She also spent a week in detention under the Internal Security Act as police investigated the allegations.
They have not apologised and neither has Zaini offered to resign or stop writing his columns. In fact, the Umno-owned newspaper has exacerbated the matter by publishing a short story and poetry which alluded to her case. However, short-story writer Datuk Chamil Wariya, an industry veteran, has denied such allusions.
You see, the BIG difference between MALAYSIAKINI and UTUSAN MALAYSIA is that one is an independent paper, while the other is a propaganda machine for UMNO.
Oops, I hope I will not be sued by UTUSAN MALAYSIA, and when that happens, I wonder who will the All-Blogs President Ahiruddin Attan aka Rocky support?
By the way,which stupid idiot asked home minister syed hamid albar about the malaysiakini report?
Read: “Probe into Malaysiakini story depends on police report” (Bernama via The Nut Graph).