By Melissa Chi
KUALA LUMPUR, March 3 – The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) urged editors-in-chief today to stop changing unnecessarily reporters’ work to present the lopsided views of media owners, following complaints from members.
It advised too its members to stand up to biased bosses in the organisation. An overwhelming number of mainstream media houses are controlled by political parties in the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.
The 1,500-strong union represent reporters who work for, among others, Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia and New Straits Times; MCA-controlled The Star and Chinese-language papers The Sun, Sin Chew Daily, Nanyang Siang Pau and Kwong Wah Yit Poh.
“We hope that every member of the media will persuade their employer to practice ethical reporting, especially during elections (sic).
“Let the people consume the news and make an informed choice,” NUJ general secretary V. Anbalagan said after an extraordinary delegates conference (EDC) today.
A total of 68 delegates had earlier voted unanimously to send a memorandum to all the editors-in-chief reminding them to be balanced in publishing reports.
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