Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today warned news portal Malaysiakini to be more responsible in its news reporting. Familiar name? Yes, he’s the same person who suggested for Malaysians who are unhappy with the country’s political system to leave the country.
But hasn’t run out of comments just yet, it seems. He said the news portal (Malaysiakini) needed to uphold journalism ethics by not spinning news stories or original statements to make them controversial:
You (Malaysiakini reporters) always twist statements, in fact too often. You create things which are not there. You better write the real stuff. I will monitor every word, every sentence, every paragraph and every news item in Malaysiakini. You don’t play fire with me. You always spin.
“Please try to write according to journalism ethics, okay?”, he added while pointing a finger at a reporter from the news portal at a press conference in conjunction with his first day helming the ministry.