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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Malaysia: media urged not to sensationalise sex and crime reports

Sometimes, we can regret not to have a Prime Minister like Abdullah Badawi (I joke). According to The Straits Times, "the Malaysian Prime Minister is sad that competition has prompted the local media to sensationalise some sex or crime stories. He said that this could raise false public alarm and give other countries a wrong and distorted impression of Malaysia. Commercial considerations must not kill the noble values media practitioners must practise, he told his audience at the launching of KOSMO!, a tabloid published by the Utusan Group... The Malaysian PM stressed that if independence of the media was used irresponsibly, this would lead to destruction of society and eventually the nation."

Source: The Straits Times

Posted by Bertrand Pecquerie on August 31, 2004 at 05:27 PM in k. Circulation and newspaper launches, o. Ethics and Press Freedom | Permalink

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