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BUM 2009 media coverage – The Star

Tuesday May 19, 2009

Former PM among speakers at BUM 2009

By SALINA KHALID

BLOGGERS should provide more in-depth writing to encourage critical thinking among readers, seasoned blogger and online editor Fathi Aris Omar said.“Most blogs are opinionated and personal.“Not many provide insights or reveal new things to encourage critical and analytical thinking among the masses,” he said.Fathi said although such sites might appeal to some, they did not provide opportunity for an intellectual discourse on the issues.

He added that it was time bloggers went beyond the surface as the blogsphere played a role in shaping one’s opinion.

“Most feature nothing new and sometimes they are not even updated.

“The only new thing about it is the technology itself – not the content,” he said.

He added that being bombarded with such information would cause readers to stop reading and shift to something new.

Fathi was speaking at the Bloggers Universe Malaysia (BUM) 2009, a special discourse organised by a group of bloggers in association with the Centre for Policy Initiatives (CPI).

Held in Subang Jaya on Saturday, BUM 2009 was the third organised since 2007.

Themed “4th and 5th Estates – On Collision Course?”, BUM 2009 brought bloggers, mainstream media representatives, politicians and academicians together to discuss relevant topics, especially on the issues of the new media (5th estate) vs mainstream media (4th estate) and their influence in the local political arena.

The highlight of the event was the presence of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is a blogger himself.

He gave a half-hour talk and spent another half hour fielding questions from the floor.

Also present was BUM 2009 organising committee chairman Y.L. Chong.

Mahathir acknowledged the importance of the new media as an alternative source of information and news for the masses, and a platform for the masses to voice their opinion.

However, he called on bloggers to be responsible in what they wrote online and to come up with a standardised code of ethics.

Meanwhile, lawyer Fahri Azzat said some people only visited blogs that reinforced their opinion, rather than find out the whole story.

“Sometimes, the contents are only relevant at that particular moment,” he pointed out.

Art Harun, a lawyer who is also a blogger, said accountability and transparency also applied to bloggers, and reminded bloggers to be mindful of the rights of others as bloggers were not above the law,

BUM 2009 started with the topic “The Media: Civil Society’s Perspectives” featuring CPI director Dr Lim Teck Ghee, civil society activist Dr K.J. John, lawyer Philip Koh and lawyer-blogger Art Harun.

A Bahasa Malaysia session was included for the first time.

The afternoon session, chaired by Helen Ang, focused on the topic Bagaimanakah Media Baru boleh menggalakkan pemikiran kritis masyarakat? (How can the new media encourage critical thinking among the community?), and featured Faisal Mustaffa, special aide to a DAP MP, Fathi Aris Omar and Fahri Azzat.

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BUM 2009 – on Malaysiakini TV

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has denied that during his long tenure as prime minister, he had imposed censorship on the mainstream media.

In his 30-minute speech at the Bloggers United Malaysia (BUM) dialogue in Subang Jaya this evening, Mahathir said the media self-censored itself because it tried to ‘second guess’ what government leaders want.

http://www.malaysiakini.tv/video/17074

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Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said that it was censorship from the government that drove him to blogging in May 2008 — four years after resigning as PM.

Gagging a politician from talking is not a good idea, added Mahathir, because we politicians like to talk.

You can kill a politician by preventing him from talking… I have a big mouth so I use it quite often, said Mahathir to the laughter from the 200-strong crowd.

Mahathir revealed that his http://www.chedet.cc has received 19 million visitors within a year.

http://www.malaysiakini.tv/video/17073

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BUM 2009 media coverage – Malaysiakini (Chinese)

马哈迪否认掌权期间审查新闻
反指媒体“揣摩圣意”自我设限

在掌权期间被誉为媒体自由公敌,现在却摇身一变为国内著名部落客的马哈迪,昨晚在梳邦再也的第三届大马部落客大会(BUM2009)发表半小时的演讲,认为是主流媒体自己擅自揣摩政府领袖的意愿。

这名84岁的政坛老将表示,媒体在他掌权期间歌功颂德,“除了一些非巫英报章和党报比较有批判性”。

“但是主流媒体如《新海峡时报》和《马来西亚前锋报》却在揣摩他们应为领袖刊登什么报道,一些时候他们甚至猜错了。” Continue reading

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BUM 2009 media coverage – NST

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BUM 2009 media coverage – Nanyang

马哈迪:阿都拉是国家背叛者 美景桥是失和导火线 2009/05/17 11:50:11
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(梳邦再也16日讯)前首相敦马哈迪医生说,他是基于其接班人,即卸任首相敦阿都拉反复不遵守承诺,搁置美景桥计划后,才会违反不干预新任政府的承诺,开始向对方发炮。

未遵守职权更迭诺言

他说,当年卸任时,他告诉自己不要介入新任政府的施政。因为他不愿学退而不休的新加坡前总理李光耀,“所以,我选择退位后噤声”。

他指出,但是阿都拉却未遵守职权更迭时的诺言,期间更有传闻指他造成国库没有钱,不过,他依然不出声,直到阿都拉执政两年后,中止有损国家利益的美景桥计划时,他才出声反击。

“我觉得他(阿都拉)是国家的背叛者,这是我不能接受的。”

马哈迪今日出席2009年部落客大会上,回应出席者提问时,这样说。

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BUM 2009 media coverage – Sin Chew Daily

馬哈迪:刊登以為我要看到的新聞‧主流媒體“猜測錯誤”

政策倡議中心主任林德宜博士(左2)贈送紀念品給馬哈迪(右)。右2:政策倡議中心編輯鍾仁隆。(圖:星洲日報)

政策倡議中心主任林德宜博士(左2)贈送紀念品給馬哈迪(右)。右2:政策倡議中心編輯鍾仁隆。(圖:星洲日報)

(雪蘭莪‧八打靈再也)首相敦馬哈迪表示,在他擔任首相22年以來,許主流媒體進行自審查(Self-censor),刊登些以為他看到的聞,但主流媒體有時卻“猜測錯誤”。

他強調,他沒有阻止說他的不是,但媒體編輯是非常敏感的人,他們以為他不喜歡而自我審查;他說,他是在1987年的茅草行動管制媒體。

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“在我任期間,主流媒體很多贊美的話,這是沒有錯的。他們刊登你要看到的新聞,但有時候,他們卻猜測錯誤。”

退位時也出現同樣情況

馬哈迪在“2009年部落客大會”發表演說後披露,前澳洲總理基廷當年批評他拒絕出席西雅圖的亞太經合峰會為“冥頑不靈的人”時,主流媒體以為他被冒犯而炒作新聞,其實媒體當時猜測錯誤。

“我沒有覺自己被冒犯,媒體認為如此,他們猜測錯誤,這就是自我審查。在我退位時,也出現同樣的情況。”

他說,前首相敦阿都拉接任首相時,媒體被告知他們該報導及不該報導的新聞。

“媒體沒有投訴,表面上好像沒有干預,但其實是有干預的。”

他揶揄阿都拉政府每天有4名顧問“負責看新聞”,5年任期內的顧問多不勝數。

主流媒體須刊真實新聞

馬哈迪認為,主流媒體必須刊登真實的新聞,析及評論,以重挽人民的信

“勿以政治角度去觀察局勢,反之應以人民的角度進行分析,這樣才會得支持。”

詢及他喜愛的主流媒體時,他說:“我已不再閱讀《新海峽時報》。”

他說,部落客必須對本身的文章負責任,具有可信度的文章可增加點擊人數。

他認為,部落客可在文章中加入觀點及情緒,但必須要有根據。

“若加入引起種族憎惡及仇恨的觀點,就不對了。”

暫不重提彎橋計劃

馬哈迪表示,他目前不會針對彎橋(美景大橋)計劃批評現任政府,也不會插手此事,因為他必須給機會現任政府辦事。

“彎橋計劃沒有理由不繼續進行,可能政府有特定原因不做出決定,我不曉得。我不會批評些甚麼。”

馬哈迪表示,若政府不建彎橋,柔佛新山的交通問題只會越來越嚴重。

詢及是否希望這項計劃重新啟動時,他說:“對我而言,彎橋是一項求,而不只是主權的問題。”

他指出,馬新長堤已不足應付日益增加的車輛及人口需求,大馬人口有2700萬人,每2.7人就擁有1輛轎車。

馬哈迪說,他是在“強忍”前首相敦阿都拉兩年後,因阿都拉擱置彎橋計劃,才開始向他發炮。

“我認為他背叛了國家(擱置彎橋計劃),所以我不能接受。”

他說,在退位前他告訴自己不干預新政府的操作,退位後他繼續“閉嘴”。

“但阿都拉卻未履行移交職權時的承諾,有傳聞指我造成國庫沒有錢,我依然閉嘴,直到阿都拉兩年後擱置彎橋計劃時,我才反擊。”

他說,在退位兩週內,時任首相阿都拉即終止峇貢水壩計劃,之後再終止柔佛至巴東勿剎的雙軌鐵道工程,已完全違背兩人的承諾。

破例“開黃腔”
馬哈迪自嘲“不行了”

前首相敦馬哈迪週六(516日)在“2009年部落客大會”上大拋笑彈,自嘲自己“不行了”!

極少在公眾場合講有色笑話的馬哈迪,週六破例“開黃腔”,還拿自己的“兄弟”開玩笑。

“年長的朋友都感慨,為何當年一起長大,一起玩的“兄弟”,如今卻比他們早走一步。”此話一出,引起全場哄堂。

馬哈迪在大會上發表演說談到當年多媒體超級走廊計劃下,曾有意管制絡資訊,特別是色情網站的課題時說,青少年在觀看色情網站後可能無法控制情欲,而去強姦、侵犯,甚至殺害女性,不像他般“現在已不行”。

他還笑問,為何他年輕時沒有色情網站這“玩意兒”。

星洲日報‧2009.05.17

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BUM 2009 Media Coverage – Guang Ming Daily

60部落客聚首‧討論308大選後角色作用

(雪蘭莪‧八打靈再也)以全天講座會方式進行的第3屆部落客大會,今日(週六,5月16日)在梳邦再也湖濱俱樂部召開,上午吸引了約60名來自全國各地的部落客出席,討論新媒體,尤其是在去年308全國大選後的角色和作用。

本屆大會主題是“第4權和第5權:在對撞的軌道上?”,主辦單位原邀請主流媒體編輯,跟新媒體的從業者坐下來面對面,討論共同所面對的課題。不過,反應並不理想,主流媒體並沒派員出席。

第一輪的主講者包括政策倡議中心主任林德宜、社運活躍份子約翰、律師阿特哈侖和許統義。他們主講的主題是:“媒體―公民社會的角度”,他們不約而同地抨擊主流媒體誤導人民。

林德宜是以前旅遊部長東姑安南於兩年前講的一番話為開場白。“東姑安南說,所有部落客都是騙子,大家不要相信部落客寫的文章。”

他指這些言論直接打擊部落客信譽,因此,他呼吁所有新媒體正視這種現象,部落客的崛起,是尋求自由發言的空間,沒有掩飾而是透明地發表言論。

律師部落客阿特哈侖則說,政府控制著主流媒體,公眾已無法在報章上看到客觀報導,而政府執政50多年後,目前面對新的挑戰,卻依然不知如何面對,活在否認症候群,任何批評政府的都被視為敵人。

他強調,自由發言是每個人的基本權利,他不怕其他法令,只顧忌到內安法令,但他指法令本身沒有問題,錯就錯在被人扭曲和濫用。

“拉惹柏特拉在內安法令下被扣留的理由是恥辱回教,問題是這理由並沒有威脅到國家安全。因此,現在不是國家安全問題,而是詮釋的問題。”

鼓勵所有人寫部落格

他說,308大選後,人民發表很多不同的意見,政府至少要坐下來聽一下不同的意見,而不是一味拒絕。目前是一個成長過度期,往後媒體的詮釋會不一樣。

前公務員部落客約翰表示,主流媒體代表他們的主人發言,部落客代表自己的心聲,因此,他鼓勵所有人寫部落格。

著名部落客阿希魯丁阿旦也是部落客大會籌委會聯合主席,壓軸好戲就是安排前首相敦馬哈迪於下午與參與者面對面的一個小時對話會。屆時,預料出席者人數會增加至200人。

光明日報‧2009.05.16

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