Updated:Veteran journalist Zainuddin Maidin has lashed out at the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission for not taking action against the Malaysian Insider. He said in his latest blog that even though Mukhriz has accepted the Insider's apology, that's not an excuse for MCMC to NOT act. ".. clear malicious conspiracy against Mukhriz using the (cyberspace)," Zam writes. The Commission, he says, seems to be playing it safe (politically) or trying to be popular. Read Penyokong2 Mukhriz mesti buktikan kelemahan MCMC.
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Why did the Malaysian Insider publish that dubious report about Mukhriz Mahathir, knowing very well that it was so dubious it couldn't be true and that, because it's so clearly so defamatory, it would have to issue an apology or face a lawsuit?
In Kenapa Mukhriz boleh jadi mangsa fitnah?, influential blogger Helen Ang says it is because Mukhriz has become a major threat to many people, inside and outside UMNO, including Khairy Jamaluddin. Pro-UMNO blogger Big Dog, describing the Insider as a pro-Opposition, "Riong Kali's" portal, says the malicious attack on Mukhriz to "smear his good name and clean image" was expected "since Mukhriz's popularity among the UMNO grassroots increases by the day, across the board". Read Here comes the dirty trick (the blogger attaches the Insider's offending article Mukhriz's raises the stake with .."windfall" for party branches - Sources).
Me, I think it reflects on the professionalism and ethics of today's online journalism.
I think the Malaysian Insider editor concerned did it because he/she reckoned the portal would get away with it, like they'd gotten away many times before. I mean, look at the apology - how blasé! How sincere is the apology when you removed the "offending articles" but not the disparaging comments by readers (who were responding to the erroneous original article), and when you still proudly displays the article under your "Most Read" section?
Told you they'd get away ... Apology accepted, Mukhriz won't sue