Friday, September 4, 2009

Is Media Embarassment Gomen's Weakness Now?

Malaysiakini was today given a directive by the MCMC (Multimedia Commission) to remove two videos pertaining to the temple protests. The second video about Hisham Hussein defending protesters drew the ire of the MCMC, resulting in the directive to remove because suspected of annoying people.

A guy from Malaysiakini told me just now that they are still consulting the lawyers over the next course of legal action, but they have reiterated their stand that they have no intention of annoying viewers, except as part of journalism work and being unbiased on newsreporting. And then the journalists group would whack the MCMC.

"Our intent in putting up the videos was not to ‘annoy’ anyone, but to do our job as journalists to draw attention to the protest and to ensure action is taken so that incidents like this will not happen again in Malaysia,” he said. (Steven Gan)

I can draw conclusions that the Achilles heel of the Barisan Nasional right now is the media embarassment that they are facing. The previous news item, about the Kartika due for caning was broadcasted everywhere throughout the world, particularly on CNN - drew the embarassment from the federal government and at the last minute they decided to postpone it after the fasting month.

I have previously mentioned in my posting: Is Telling The Inconvenient Truth Something Worth It Now? which reiterates what I've saying. I wonder if there is someone documenting a possible HINDRAF vigil tomorrow (being declared illegal by the Police since HINDRAF is outlawed) and if it happened to be broadcast at BBC, Al-Jazeera - what will happen then? Same as what I would think it would happen. And of course, the ministers would come in guns blazing pointing fingers at everybody.

Remember that the Police is paying the PR company Fox Communications around RM 1000 per day, which translates to RM 370K per year as to maintain their image.

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