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PUTRAJAYA – Eighty-four media practitioners involving 21 vehicles participated in the treasure hunt programme named ‘KDN Media Hunt’from here to Kuala Lumpur today.

The secretary of the Corporate Communication Division of the Home Ministry (KDN), Datuk Zukri Valenteno said the programme was a platform to introduce the policies, functions and role of the ministry to the public besides maintaining closer relations with the media.

“Throughout the journey, participants have to answer questions on the KDN and must refer to the KDN website and so on to get the correct answers. This will improve their knowledge on the ministry,”he said after flagging-off participants of the programme.

He said the programme, which was being held for the first time, involved participants from the media organisations including the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), Radio Television Malaysia (RTM), Bernama News Channel, Media Prima, Astro Awani, Malay Mail, The Sun, Sinar Harian, The Star, Utusan Malaysia and Focus Malaysia.

The official closing of the programme would be attended by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon.

Zukri said the KDN intended to turn the programme into an annual event if it received positive feedback from the media practitioners involved. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Scenes of local and foreign pressmen waiting outside the North Korean embassy to catch embassy officials for comments related to the murder of Kim Jong-nam is slowly diminishing.

Pressmen feel there is no reason to wait outside the embassy because none of the embassy staff or its spokesman Ri Tong-il had issued any statements or talked to the media since Feb 18.

Jong-nam was killed on Feb 13 after two women smeared his face with a dangerous chemical believed to be VX nerve agent at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (Klia2) when he was bound for Macau.

The two woman, a Vietnamese and Indonesian national had been charged at the Sepang magistrate court for murder.

South Korean wires, Yonhap news agency correspondent Harrison Choi Hyun-seok said as far as the agency was concerned the case was considered solved and they would be heading back home soon.

“We have been here since day one and even tried to track down Jong-nam’s family in Macau. We have no idea when the body well be claimed by the family and probably, they won’t even claim it,” he said.

Previously, international and local reporters would be camping outside the embassy until 11pm and be back at the site as early as 8am but now, less than 10 reporters are seen waiting daily and all will leave the embassy compound by 7pm.

Yesterday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police were currently looking for a VIP among several others to assist in the murder investigation of Jong-nam, including the three North Koreans who are believed to be hiding in the embassy.

Jong-nam is the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. – BERNAMA

SEPANG – The Sepang police headquarters (IPD) is no longer the main focus of local and foreign media which pursued the murder case involving Kim Jong-nam, the elder half-brother of North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.

In a noon check by Bernama today, only about 10 media representatives were seen waiting in front of the Sepang IPD which housed four suspects linked to the murder.

They were an Indonesian woman, Vietnamese woman and two men comprising a North Korean and a local.

On Feb 13, Jong-nam who was estranged from the North Korean leader was at the KL International Airport 2 (KLIA 2) about 8am to take a flight to Macau when a woman suddenly appeared from behind and covered his face with a cloth, believed to have been laced with poison.

Jong-nam, who used a passport under the name, ‘Kim Chol’, asked for help at the customer service counter at KLIA2 and was immediately taken to the Putrajaya Hospital but died on the way. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The presence of dozens of local and foreign media representatives in front of the National Institute of Forensic Medicine (IPFN), Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) here, attracted attention among members of the public and staff from the hospital passing through the area.

They were seen slowing their vehicles besides taking pictures of the media members gathered in front IPFN to get the latest development in the murder case of Kim Jong-nam, the elder half-brother of North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.

However, media members were only allowed to be in front of IPFN and the area was closely monitored by a team of auxilliary police personnel.

The reporters gathered at IPFN as early as 5pm yesterday, following speculations that Jong-nam’s son, Kim Han-sol, 21, is to arrive in Malaysia on Monday evening and will be going to IPFN to undergo DNA tests, before making an identification of the body, believed to be of his father.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed the police required DNA samples from relatives of the victim to complete its investigation and remains would only be handed over to his next-of-kin.

Police also gave Jong-nam’s next-of-kin two weeks to claim the body of the deceased which was kept in IPFN.

Jong-nam died on Feb 13 on the way to hospital.

Jong-Nam was reported to be in KLIA2 pending his flight to Macau when he was attacked by two women who covered his face with a cloth believed to contain poisonous liquid. – BERNAMA

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang High Court has ordered the New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd (NSTP) to pay RM300,000 in damages to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over a defamatory article published in Berita Harian on Aug 20, 2015.

Justice Datuk Rosilah Yop also imposed interest at 5% per annum from the date of judgment until full payment of the award.

She further ordered NSTP to pay RM35,000 in costs.

In delivering her judgement, she said that the article reported was distorted, unfair and inaccurate of the judicial proceeding.

Rosilah said that the reporter was aware of the consent judgement between Lim and the former Penang Umno Youth chief Datuk Dr Shaik Hussein Mydin.

She added that qualified privileged did not apply because the report about the judicial proceeding was not fair and nor accurate of.

She also said that the erratum published by the Malay daily was wholly unsatisfactory and malice could also be inferred based on the evidence.

Lim was represented by counsel K. Simon Murali while NSTP was represented by counsel Leong Wai Hong.

In his statement of claim, Lim said the article printed by NSTP-owned Berita Harian stated that he had unconditionally retracted a defamation suit he filed against former Bagan Umno chief Datuk Dr Shaik Hussein Mydin, giving the connotation that he did not have the courage to pursue the case.

He said he discontinued the suit because of Dr Shaik Hussein’s unconditional retraction of his defamatory statement.

In its defence, NSTP stated that the article was published based on an honest and reasonable belief of the truth without any malice, and that an erratum was published on Dec 18, 2015.

It was reported on Aug 20, 2015, that Lim had filed the suit after Dr Shaik Hussein told a news portal journalist on Oct 5, 2012, that Lim had illegally profited from the sale of a plot of land.

Dr Shaik Hussein unconditionally retracted his statements against Lim at the High Court on Aug 19, 2015.

He also apologised to Lim in the presence of Penang High Court Judicial Commissioner Datuk Nordin Hassan.

KUALA LUMPUR – The Star’s Yuen Mei Keng and Utusan Malaysia’s Raja Intan Dianna Raja Azham each won in their respective categories at the Health Media Awards 2016 here, tonight.

Yuen with the article titled ‘Big C-Alarm’ bagged the award for the English news category, while Raja Intan Dianna with the title ‘Serangan jantung pada usia muda’ won in the Malay-language newspaper category.

Both winners took home a cash prize of RM3,000 and a certificate each at a ceremony organised by the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Meanwhile, China Press reporter Tan Seow Jou was crowned winner of the Chinese language newspaper category with the headline ‘Ageing Population Series: Challenges, Solutions & Perspective’.

The Tamil newspaper category was won by journalist K. Elvaraasi of Malaysian Nanban, with the article titled ‘Leptospirosis’.

Khairunnisa Kasnoon, received the top prize in the Malay Television category through the programme entitled ‘Harapan untuk Anak Autism’.

Khairunnisa, 32, who hails from Kuala Lumpur, took home RM3,000 and a certificate of appreciation.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Television category was won by RTM through a programme titled ‘Cervical Cancer’.

The Malay language Magazine Award category was won by Noreen Ahmad Tajuddin of iSihat, with the article titled ‘Derma Darah, Jantung Sihat’.

The Ministry of Health received a total of 323 entries from all media, namely television, radio, newspapers and magazines of various languages in all 18 categories contested.

The prizes were presented by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

Earlier, in his speech at the ceremony, Dr Subramaniam said the ministry would not be able to achieve its goal of wanting people to adopt a healthy lifestyle without the cooperation of the media.

The role of the media in conveying accurate information about health issues could change the way people live, he said.

Also present were his deputy, Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya, MOH secretary-general Datuk Dr Chen Chaw Min, director-general of Health, Datuk Dr Hisham Abdullah and Malaysian Press Institute chief executive officer, Datuk Chamil Wariya. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants media practitioners to assist the government to inculcate a thinking public to ensure the country progressed toward a developed nation status.

The Prime Minister said the media must always be aware of the important role they play and join hands with the government to groom the community to become intellectuals.

“As we progress to achieve a developed nation status, the people must be educated to become a thinking public,” he told reporters after breaking fast with the staff of Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad, here tonight.

“The media has major responsibilities in building a society, not just sensationalize issues or publish news that is not authentic.

“If we use the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 to take action, the government would be labelled as dictators but if we don’t take action, all sorts of false news and accusations will be the order of the day and that will not auger well for the government,” he said.

The prime minister was accompanied by his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Among ministers in attendance included Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak and Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Also present was Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Fatmi Che Salleh.

More than 500 Utusan Malaysia staff, media practitioners, including from Bernama, were invited to break fast with the prime minister. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR: Media practitioners are reminded to take immediate measures to stop the publication of news which are of no benefit and confirming the truth of every write-up published in order to protect public peace in the country.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali said in the eagerness to uphold the principles of basic freedom, media practitioners should not forsake racial and religious harmony among the country’s plural society.

“As media practitioners, all of you must realise that the responsibility entrusted to you cannot be taken lightly because every article, view and report published can influence the thinking of Malaysians.

“It is most important that every report and publication are produced in a prudent and responsible manner, the freedom of speech must be balanced with good journalism ethics,” he said when speaking at the ‘Luncheon Talk With Media Editors and Practitioners’, here today.

The programe, organised jointly by the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) and the Institute of Journalism Studies (IJS) with the theme ‘Media and the Law: National Perspective’, was attended by 100 participants comprising lecturers of Institutions of Higher Learning, sub-editors and journalists from various news agencies.

He said the dissemination of any inaccurate report could result in losses, chaos and disharmony which could not be undone, as such every word and phrase must be made prudently, with care and accuracy.

“It cannot be denied that the media today play a very important role and represent a major medium in the process of delivering news and information to every strata of society, in the present era the media possess extraordinary power that is capable of moulding the thinking and belief of the society on a particular issue,” he said.

Nevertheless, he said, the freedom of speech and expression among media practitioners in this country was not absolute and subjected to several legal limitations aimed at protecting security of the federation, cordial relations with other countries and public peace or moral principles.

He said the legal limitations were also in line with article 29(2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which were formulated to give recognition and respect to the rights of other people and to achieve moral obligation, public peace and prosperity in a democratic society.

“As such, the power of the media that can influence the people should be used with responsibility for the development of the national agenda to preserve public peace and prosperity in a multi-racial nation,” he added.

In addition, he said, civil action could also be taken against media practitioners under the Defamation Act 1957 and ordered to pay compensation if it was proven that the report published carried slanderous elements and had resulted in the reputation of any party being affected by the report.

He said although no legal action under the Sedition Act had been taken against media practitioners so far, they should always be wary and avoid from publishing any article that had seditious tendency that could jeopardise harmony that was being enjoyed.

Mohamed Apandi said that as a developing and competitive nation, the government always endeavoured to take proactive measures in implementing changes that were necessary toward achieving improvement for the country.

“As a sovereign and independent nation, we have a massive right and responsibility in designing the best mould that is most suitable for the people and country. What is good for the other nations may not be suitable for Malaysia,” he said.


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KUALA LUMPUR: No double standards will be applied to news portals that sensationalise inaccurate news reports.
Deputy Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari (pic) said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission would take action against any news portal, if complaints were lodged against them.

“If their reports are inaccurate, action will be taken.

“There will be no double standards as it will be applied across the board,” he told reporters at Parliament lobby on Wednesday.

He added that “sensational reports” that caused disunity was also grounds for action.
“If it is felt that the reports are sensational and affect unity, then action can also be taken if a report is lodged,” he added.

Jailaini was asked to comment on a recent report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that had disparaged the Prime Minister.

On Monday, Minister in the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said called on WSJ to apologise to the Prime Minister over their reports.

Azalina chided the paper for relying on “false documents and reporting” to sell their stories.

KUALA LUMPUR: The media centre housing media representatives on Level 2 of the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here, in conjunction with the 2015 UMNO General Assembly was officially opened today by UMNO Vice-President Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Also present at the opening ceremony were UMNO Information Head Datuk Ahmad Maslan, UMNO Executive Secretary Datuk Ab Rauf Yusoh and media organisations top-management representatives including Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) General Manager Datuk Zulkefli Salleh.

A total of 1,800 local and foreign media representatives are being housed at the media centre which is also equipped with WiFi facility and provided with food and drinks.

A Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) reporter Ahmad Ashraf Ab Rahman described the media centre as an exclusive facility provided by UMNO to media personnel.

“No political party has ever provided such a comprehensive facility like this media centre to media personnel,” he said.

The 2015 UMNO General Assembly is being held from today until Dec 12.