Sunday, April 19, 2009

What The Altantuya Media Ban Infers

Media Prima, a subsidary of UMNO and owner of private TV stations like TV3, NTV7, TV8 and TV9 have imposed a ban on anything that is Abdul Razak Baginda or referencing of Najib and Rosmah implication on the Altantuya murder.

A very interesting thing is that this piece is not seen in other papers (Star, NST, etc..)

Excerpts and highlights from Malaysiakini:

The directive was part of an email sent on behalf of the group director of news and current affairs, television networks, Kamarulzaman Zainal.

The email listed four ‘don’ts’ involving news reports relating to the high-profile murder case of Mongolia national Altantuya, who was mistress of Razak Baginda (left).

The TV stations were ordered not to mention Razak Baginda’s name and ignore all news background related to him.

Editors were instead told to focus their reports on the two accused in the murder trial, who were sentenced to death last week.

Don’t show footage of Razak Baginda

Not only that the political analyst’s name should not be mentioned, visuals showing him in previous trials and after his release are also banned, according to the email.

The other two restrictions were related to the new premier.

The TV stations were barred from reporting that Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, were linked to the case.

Also, statements from those accusing Najib and Rosmah of being involved in the case were also prohibited.

As if the ban on Altantuya references during the Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau is not enough, the ban is now extends to TV. But that will not suffice. It simply implies that the ones who hatched the order for the ban are actually either the ones that are really guilty in ordering the murder of Altantuya or covering the asses of the real murderers. Sirul and Azilah are merely cannon fodders.

Of course, except for the naive and those of blind faith to the gerombolan, many have a rough, but accurate idea of who actually ordered the hit. Some have been asking about where is the military intelligence was right now. But it will take further time as when someone is pushed to a corner, that thing will come out.

It's a good guess as mine that Big Mama is getting more and more panic since pressing the panic button earlier in the month. (see Big Mama Pressed The Panic Button )

If those who are accused of being involved are really not guilty, just come clean. If you're not doing it, it means that there's something fishy behind and they could be really guilty. I remembered watching an episode of Kisah Benar on TV3 many years ago, where an old lady who thought her money was stolen was victim of her own curse (asked to place a curse by a bomoh on the guilty) as it was revealed to the viewers that she hid her own money under the pillow, not someone stole it.

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