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The media has a right not to be objective


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The media has a right not to be objective
By Zan Azlee

I HAVE never been a believer of the existence of totally objective journalism or the media. In theory, I’m sure it can be explained and argued. But in reality, it’s bull faeces.

In Malaysia, that is even more impossible seeing that there are so many media organisations that are owned by political parties that make up the ruling government.

Even the government media, which isn’t owned by any political party, serves the ruling party more than the people of Malaysia and to see any positive news about the Opposition is wanting.

In fact, in this country, even if a news organisation shows the perspective from another, no matter how infrequent, they will immediately be labelled as leftist. Funny, yes.

Also, just because a media organisation reports on a particular event or issue objectively from both sides doesn’t mean that they are totally objective.

It is a choice that they make when they decide because that choice alone – in deciding what to report or not to report – clearly indicates its subjectivity.

For example, one news organisation might be more inclined to reporting about a particular political party’s general assembly and ignore another even if the coverage is objective.

You see, subjectivity cannot be avoided because people are involved and when people are involved, choices are involved, no matter how significant or insignificant.

Choices have to be made because a media organisation obviously cannot cover every single thing that happens around the world. It’s just impossible.

So people who run a news organisation are the ones who will choose the agenda of the day, even if they don’t consider it an agenda. That’s known as an editorial direction.

And when a reporter covers any single event, it is a choice they make when they decide who to interview and who not to, and what is it from the interview they include in the story.

Even the choice of words and the length of an article (or video, audio, photo, etc) already indicates subjectivity, whether the reporter realises it or not.

I’m not saying that subjectivity in journalism is a bad thing. All I’m really saying is that it definitely is impossible to avoid and total objectivity doesn’t exist.

There are two ways to go about it. The news organisation could either strive as hard as possible to lessen the degree of subjectivity, or to just acknowledge it and strive to be honest.

My personal stand to it all as a journalist is to just be as honest as I can. I realise that I am only human and I have my own bias and inclinations and the one thing I will not do is lie.

It is only normal for news organisations to have editorial leanings. There will be news organisations that are friendly to the ruling party and those who are friendly to other.

They can choose whatever editorial stand they want to have because they have a right to do so, especially in a democratic country like Malaysia.

What they don’t have a right to do is to lie and report inaccurately. That is just irresponsible and unethical. Not being objective is not a crime. But being liars should be.

[This article appeared originally at English.AstroAwani.Com]

The Malaysian Reserve reviewed my latest book ‘Guide to Indie Filmmaking’


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Amir Hafizi from The Malaysian Reserve wrote a nice review of my latest book ‘Guide to Indie Filmmaking‘. You can click on the image above or HERE to read it. My only beef with the review is that not once did Amir mention ‘sexy’ and ‘macho’ in relations to me! Thanks buddy!

Of course you can get my book at all the major bookstores in Malaysia. Or you can get it at the FAT BIDIN E-STORE too (with some attractive packages as well!)!

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Listen to ‘Is TV News Dying?’, a radio documentary by BFM 89.9


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Click on the image above to listen to the podcast.

I was featured on a radio documentary by BFM 89.9 entitled ‘Is TV News Dying?‘ last weekend. And it’s now available online as a podcast. So go listen to my sexy voice! For those who know me well… you would know what I think of the issue!

 

The Fat Bidin Vlog (Ep 2) – #AtTheEdge protest to fight for media freedom & family priorities!


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Ep 2 – #AtTheEdge protest to fight for media freedom & family priorities!

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#AtTheEdge rally for media freedom (8th August 2015)


Due to the gigantic scandalous boo-boo that is 1MDB, the Malaysian government has been cracking down on anyone and everyone who dares to voice out and investigate it. The Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was dropped from his post. Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers being transferred and interrogated. And The Edge publications being suspended.

And so journalists have grown tired of it. Hence, the #AtTheEdge media freedom raly took place today, 8th August 2015, in Kuala Lumpur. Members of te media and NGO representatives marched from Central Market to Dataran Medan Pasar. to show voice their anger and protest at the government for trying to curb freedom of the media.

Below are pictures I took. Enjoy them for now and be patient. I am editing the video I shot for The Fat Bidin Vlog, which will be up soon! I’ll be damn if I’m going to let freedom of speech be sacrificed in Malaysia.

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Participants, journalists and lawyers gathered in front of Central Market early in the morning before the rally at 11am.
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Lau Chak Onn, editor-in-chief of Cilisos.my and a member of the rally’s organising committee, looking dead serious at the start of the event.
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Fathi Aris Omar (holding the hailer), journalist and a member of the organising committee (GERAMM), leading the march.
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Journalism definitely is not a crime!
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Marching on for freedom of speech.
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Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Umno member and CEO of the Global Movement of Moderates, speaking to the crowd.
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Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, lawyer and activist, rallying the crowd to fight for their rights.
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Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad, PAS member and founding member of the NGO Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB), addressing the crowd.
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The media will not be intimidated and silenced!
Here is a picture of me doing my thing at the rally. (Pic by Nazrul Tahir)
Here is a picture of me doing my thing at the rally. (Pic by Nazrul Tahir)