Updated, 12.45pm: Wong Chun Wai, the Star's chief group editor, spoke to the reporters at Kosmo to hear their side of the story.
"They pointed out that they had paid their tribute to Yasmin, pointing out the many stories recognising her talent. The article on her past, they said, was merely to inform readers of the other side of Yasmin, which the readers were not aware.
"The editor took my call politely and thanked me for my views and criticism. That's their side of the story. I do not think there was any malice but ..."
Read his posting on Yasmin Ahmad: Journos Angry Over Kosmo!'s Article
A very angry letter to Kosmo! On the Facebook, one of my own journalists at the Malay Mail has started a thread dedicated at slamming the Malay-language tabloid Kosmo! for the crap they wrote about Yasmin Ahmad the day after her death.
Later this afternoon, a group of journos will be sending a letter to Utusan Group chairman Hashim Makaruddin, a former journalist himself, to express their disgust with Kosmo!'s editorial policy. I agree with Marina Mahathir here that Kosmo!'s take this instance was really appalling, even by its own standards.
The letter to Hashim, below (pls click to enlarge), and the e-mail from the group of journos seeking the support of other journos against Kosmo!From: Rose Ismail
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2009 19:41:04 +0800
Subject: Letter to Utusan Chairman about Kosmo! Story on Yasmin
We have written a letter to the Chairman of Utusan -- Tan Sri Hashim Makaruddin -- to express our anger and disgust at the story that Kosmo! ran on July 27th, 2009.
This letter of protest, which will be translated into BM, has been written on behalf of practising and former journalists.
It will be copied to the the editor of Kosmo! and the Home Minister.
If you would like to be a signatory, please reply this email with the subject "Count Me In".
We hope to send the letter at 5pm tomorrow (Wed, 29th July), so please respond before then.
Let's uphold the kind of journalism that this country so desperately needs.
Fatimah Abu Bakar