Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Time for Malaysia to get Facebook, Google to share some love

[updates on The Edge Financial Daily calling it a day at the end of this article]

#stayin 21 April 2020: Australia is trying to make Facebook and Google pay for content they take from media companies in their country. I think it's something for our Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul  Aziz and Minister for Communications and Multimedia Saifuddin Abdullah to seriously consider. Yessir, journalism costs money to produce and we can't continue to let third parties pass off our hard work as their own and make a fortune from our blood, sweat and tears. Local media companies are already struggling as it is; Covid-19 is just making it a lot worse.

The Edge Financial Daily went to print for the last time today (read FD says goodbye after 13 years). I believe it's just a matter of time before the Malaysian Reserve, now the only daily business newspaper remaining, will follow suit and go 100% digital.

TWENTYTWO13 has the story on the Aussies vs FB/Google:

Come together now: Not the time for social distancing 

ustralia’s move to get tech companies to pay for news content on its platforms has sparked interest among media practitioners in Malaysia. 
However, the National Press Club of Malaysia (NPC) believes there must be a collective effort among nations to see this through. 
NPC president Datuk Ahirudin Attan said the least the Malaysian government can do is to get in touch with its Australian counterpart and see if they can work together. 
“We know Facebook and Google are bigger and richer than many governments. Australia is bold to do so. The country is home to media tycoons and has a big media legacy which has been affected by Facebook and Google’s beneficial vantage point over the years,” said Ahirudin, who also runs news website The Mole. 
“It also affects us, including the smaller media organisations, and the move by Australia is a cue for us to follow suit.” 
Ahirudin said perhaps it is also wise to join forces with other Southeast Asian nations in getting online technology companies to pay for content that appears on their platforms.  
When you do this in silo, it could be difficult to break through. Thus, there must be a collective effort involving as many governments as possible,” he added. 
Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher were quoted as saying that a mandatory code on digital platforms will be finalised by July. 
Fletcher went on to say the reforms were important to protect Australian journalism describing journalism as “vital in a democracy” and that “journalism costs money to produce”. News organisations around the world, and even in Malaysia, have taken a massive beating in recent years as content is being posted and advertising revenues focused on these third party platforms which claim ownership on the content posted. 
Spain and France had made similar moves in the past but were deemed unsuccessful. Spain made payments to publishers mandatory, prompting Google to withdraw its Google News service there. French competition regulators were forced to order tech giants to negotiate after Facebook and Google refused to pay for users clicking on news sites. 
In responding to Australia’s move, Facebook said it was “disappointed” but a defiant Frydenberg was yesterday quoted as saying his government will not bow to threats from technology giants not to show local content, adding it was a “battle worth fighting”. - twentytwo13.my


Such is the impact of Covid-19 that even media taikor Tong Kooi Ong had to take stock of his media empire and close down The Edge Financial Daily.  Of course, Tong could afford to continue printing the business newspaper for another 13 years if he wanted to but it's time to cut losses and save jobs. Still, his contract workers (mostly retired subs and freelancers) will have to go, as a result. Permanent staff who earn more than RM6k a month are encouraged to take a pay cut for the rest of year.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:09 pm

    Tun atau Anwar jadi Ketua Pembangkang. Nak berebut tikam belakang pun orang tak marah cuma tepok tangan saja. Tun bakal dipecat dari Bersatu

    Semalam bekas perdana menteri Najib@Bosssku dalam satu kenyataan kepada The Star berkata Tun akan menjadi bekas perdana menteri kedua yang duduk di bangku pembangkang.

    “Jadi, pihak yang menentang kerajaan tidak boleh duduk bersama dengan pihak kerajaaan.

    “Jadi, ia harus duduk di kalangan pembangkang bersama-sama dengan Pakatan Harapan (PH) tetapi bukan sebagai anggota Pakatan,” katanya.

    Sebelum ini Najib Razak menjadi bekas perdana menteri pertama yang berbuat demikian.

    Pada 24 Februari lalu, Bersatu menarik diri dari PH sementara Mahathir meletak jawatan sebagai perdana menteri.

    Ini membawa kepada kejatuhan kerajaan persekutuan PH dan akhirnya Muhyiddin Yassin diangkat sebagai perdana menteri baru, dengan sokongan sebahagian besar anggota parlimen Bersatu dan semua wakil Umno, PAS dan Gabungan Parti Sarawak.

    Sekumpulan kecil anggota parlimen yang dipercayai masih setia kepada Mahathir akan bergabung dengannya dengan duduk di bangku pembangkang.

    Dari simber dipercayai Tun. akan dipecat dari Bersatu kerana melanggar displin parti Bersatu kerana mahu duduk di barisan pembangang 18. Mei nanti.

    Mengenai pemilihan ketua pembangkang, Mahathir berkata bahawa beliau tidak akan merebut jawatan itu...

    Hari ini dalam sejarah Tun tak rebut dan tangguh peralihan kuasa dan jawatan itu..kikiki

    hahhhh tepokkkkk makin panas popcorn kasi tambah.. tak sabar nak tunggu 18. Mei 2020 kali ini.