A journalist friend, who is covering the ongoing state elections' campaigning called me last night.
The guy was frustrated that his editor, who is a known staunch Pakatan supporter refused to clear his stories because they appeared to be in defence of Sanusi, the funny Kedah MB.
My friend's stories are actually just what were said by Sanusi at press conferences and rallies. They were not even my friend's commentaries. Just basic reporting of what were said.
Well, what else can I say, other than telling my friend to be patient and continue with his work the best that he could.
Just cari makan, you have to support your family, okay.
Guess the media is still the same.
Back then Pakatan people said the media was being controlled by the BN government, but now that they are in power, they become the controlling masters of the media themselves.
All their talks about media freedom actually wasn't meant for reports to be balanced and not bias.
Seriously, which media outlet in this country which are now not supportive of the Madani government?
Malaysiakini? The Star? Malay Mail? NST? FMT?
Just count the stories published by them which are actually the government's propaganda and compare that to the number of stories coming from the opposition's side.
Also, check who are the owners/financiers of those media outlets and the editors who control the newsrooms and editorial contents being churned out.
Just look at the Sanusi case, which media outlets that have reported in full his explanation of the rare earth mining issue in Kedah?
If there are such reports that appear to be so, compare them to his speeches on the issue which are available on YouTube. Then, you would understand why I said the media has not fully reported the guy's explanation.
Really, the media in this country is still the same. It is just owned and controlled by different people.
Sorry (true) journalists, your life is hard.
That's just the way things are.
The current PM is not actually a believer in freedom of the press, okay.
Just look back to the 90s when he was a BN deputy prime minister and in control of the media.
Ask any (honest) journalist from that era how tight was the control. I believe it's going to be the same for the coming next few years. All the signs are already there.
Well, never mind.
We have social media now.
For the state elections, I just follow what's happening by watching YouTube videos on it.
At least that way I get to know what was actually being said instead of what was reportedly being said.
Hopefully one day we could have a proper independent news outlet to report the truth and nothing but the truth.