Dec 4, 2006

Bloggers Must Uphold The Tenets Of Journalism Too, Says Zam

Ahem, bloggers are journalists now too? Something is burning...

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4 (Bernama) -- Blogging, or better known as citizens' journalism, must uphold the tenets of journalism which is a noble profession, Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin said Monday.

He said bloggers, as corporate citizens, had a great influence in moulding public opinion and bore the same responsibility as the mainstream media.

"This responsibility cannot be compromised for the sake of short-term popularity and gains," he said at the Asset Magazine's 2006 Triple A (Asset Asian Awards) Country Awards presentation here.

His speech was delivered by Deputy Information Minister Datuk Seri Chia Kwang Chye.

Zainuddin said the government was aware that the number of Internet blogs had increased and the situation might change the face of Malaysian journalism in the near future.

Despite the rise, the government was happy to note that the Malaysian media was responsible and had sustained its practices for the greater good of the nation and its people, he said.

"The government today has a positive view of the media and wishes to see it demonstrate maturity in balancing its roles through the building of healthy media practices, understanding of the people's problems and sensitivity towards the challenges of the nation," he added.

Later, Chia presented the Best Domestic Bank in Malaysia 2006 award to Public Bank which was represented by its managing director, Datuk Seri Tay Ah Lek.

The Asia Banker of High Distinction award went to Public Bank's chairman and founder Tan Sri Dr Teh Hong Piow.

The ceremony was witnessed by Daniel Yu, editor-in-chief of the Asset Magazine, a well-respected international publication.

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