Media Monitor

Reporting on GTP: Why all good news?

Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Good journalism involves asking the right questions. Asking who, what, when, where, why and how is part and parcel of any journalist’s toolkit. But how effectively did the major print media apply these tools when reporting on the recent Government Transformation Programme (GTP) first year celebrations?

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Interlok and azan – a tale of two approaches taken by Utusan Malaysia

Posted on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

IT’S commonly accepted that the media play a role in shaping public perception. But how exactly does that happen? Here’s an analysis of Utusan Malaysia’s coverage on two issues: the controversy over Interlok, and the request for the dawn azan’s volume to be lowered at a mosque in Kampung Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur.


Anwar, Najib & Wikileaks

Posted on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

By Ding Jo-Ann How did the local print media report on WikiLeaks’ disclosures involving Malaysia? The impact of WikiLeaks finally reached Malaysian shores when Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald (Herald) published leaked US state department cables of Singaporean officials’ views about Malaysian affairs. Interestingly, the leaked cables contained negative comments on both Prime Minister Najib Razak [...]


Imbalanced coverage of water protest

Posted on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

By Ding Jo-Ann HOW did the press cover the protest in Kuala Lumpur on 5 December 2010 over the Selangor water tariff hikes? According to reports, more than 4,000 protesters attempted to march from Masjid Negara to Istana Negara, to call for the return of water rights to the people. Protesters, however, were thwarted with [...]

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Media barring by political parties

Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2009

CIJ has written a letter to Utusan Malaysia over the paper's selective representation of CIJ's views on the issue of media barring by political parties.     Pusat Kewartawanan Bebas (Centre for Independent Journalism) 27C Jalan Sarikei, Off Jalan Pahang 53000 Kuala Lumpur Tel: 03 4023 0772 Fax: 4023 0769 Surat Kepada Pengarang 11 Disember [...]


Triple by-election in April: Old media continues with BN propaganda, new media set higher standards

Posted on Monday, July 13th, 2009

CIJ conducted a media monitoring of four dailies (Utusan Malaysia, The Star, New Straits Times and theSun) as well as three online news portals (The Malaysian Insider, Malaysiakini and The Nut Graph) on the coverage of the by-elections in Bukit Gantang, Bukit Selambau and Batang Ai. Read more for the findings of the monitoring project. [...]

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Youths prefer news sites from local mainstream press

Posted on Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Malaysian youths still rely on mainstream media as primary source of information but they are taking it with a pinch of salt.   By Gayathry Venkiteswaran KUALA LUMPUR: Young people using the Internet tend to visit the sites of the mainstream media online, a survey by Merdeka Centre revealed today.   Top of the list [...]

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Election media monitor shows Utusan tops as the most pro BN paper

Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2008

The election media monitor initiative, organized by the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI) and Charter 2000-Aliran confirmed that major print media continue to the line of the incumbent government, formed by the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, in their election coverage by allocating the majority of stories and spaces for [...]

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Prelim stats show media bias for BN

Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Preliminary statistics from the citizens' media monitoring initiative show biases towards the Barisan Nasional in covering the elections.     KUALA LUMPUR, Wed: Mainstream newspapers gave up to 77 percent coverage for the Barisan Nasional in terms of stories on the 12th general elections in the week leading to the nominations on 24 February. On [...]

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Commentary: Shameless Political Partisanship of Media – The Fong Coverage

Posted on Monday, February 18th, 2008

Dr. Lim Teck Ghee notes in his commentary how the mainstream media seem to push an agenda in the reporting of DAP's former MP for Batu Gajah Fong Po Kuan who announced her decision not to contest in this elections.     A commentary by Dr. Lim Teck Ghee   “PO KUAN CRIES OFF”; “Fong [...]

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