Friday, May 04, 2012
Gutter Journalism: NST Should Sack Reporter & Repent
While the Malaysian media is under siege, the NST has brought additional shame to the fraternity. It has opted to become a political tool rather than uphold the highest integrity of the profession. However, this time the newspaper has stooped too low, shamefully low and dishonest.
The New Straits Times has apologised to Australian senator Nicholas Xenophon over its report that said he made an anti-Islam speech in Australia's Parliament in 2009.
In a statement published on the NST website today, the daily said it had made a "grave error" in publishing the statements in the article.
"We accept that in his speech in the Australian Parliament referred to in the article, Mr Xenophon did not use the word 'Islam' and neither did he assert that Islam is not a religious organisation nor a criminal organisation hiding behind its religious belief.
"For the above reason, we hereby retract all the statements contained in the article against Mr Xenophon and unreservedly and unconditionally apologise to him for any distress or embarrassment caused by the article.
"As a further mark of our contrition, we have also removed the article from our online version of the newspaper with immediate effect," reads the statement.
An apology alone does not suffice. Both the news editor and reporter must be held responsible for the devious act. Both of them should kiss goodbye to their integrity and credibility in the industry.
All media professionals should take this incident as a good lesson to ensure that they do not compromise, ever!
Xenophon is right to feel disgusted and appalled by the devious allegation to smear his name. Fortunately, the blade cuts the other way.