Veera Pandiyan, in his comment Please Sir, don't press the media, expressed his disappointment with former journalist Zam, the Information Minister, for telling the local media not to quote from blogs and for making out bloggers as “provocative, politically motivated, inaccurate or just floating rumours for the interests of certain parties.”
With due respect, sir, as a veteran of the vocation, surely you would agree that the same sins have been and still are being committed by opportunistic hacks skulking in newsrooms and television stations. Black sheep can be found everywhere, even in lofty places where they masquerade as mountain goats.The Star's deputy GEIC Wong Chun Wai last week ticked off another minister for his lack of PR in handling bloggers over an issue of an Indonesian blogger writing about her disappointment with the local tourism players in promoting VMY 2007. Check this seemingly pro-blogger piece at www.wongchunwai.com.
Fairness is the prerequisite of responsible journalism. This includes checking the credibility of sources, verifying information and letting the other side to have its say. Ethical editors have always adhered to these basic rules.