May 5, 2007

So are you a professional or non-professional blogger?

So what is the criteria to be a professional blogger? Do I need to apply and sit for an examination?

(BERNAMA) Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin said today Malaysia has to classify web bloggers as professionals and non-professionals as a mechanism to prevent misuse of blog sites.

He said he believed that professional bloggers were those who were more responsible in ensuring that their web content was based on the truth and not rumours.

"This classification will also facilitate the action to be taken against those found to have violated the country's laws," he told a press conference at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), here.

Zainuddin said certain people in the country had misused blog sites for their own interest and that of their groups, including by touching on matters enshrined in the Federal Constitution such as those of a religious nature and others that sparked uneasiness among the multiracial population.

"We have to control this. It is feared that these (blog sites) will be misused by those who have an agenda to spread slander. By right, there should be a mechanism to control this phenomenon, including by classifying web bloggers as professionals and non-professionals," he said.

Zainuddin said this was important in enabling the people to determine whether they could trust a certain matter and whether the blog content was the truth or a rumour that could cause discomfort or undermine unity.

"Placing trust in news based on rumours was a practice that existed before the advent of newspapers but the situation is different today when we have newspapers and television stations to disseminate information," he said.

If it is a slander, then actions should be taken. What is the difference by having the classification of professional and non-professional blogger?
(MalaysiaKini) According to Zainuddin, Camboul also expressed concern over blogs having an impact on newspaper circulation and advertising there.

Zainuddin also asserted that should blog sites be recognised as an ‘alternative press’, it would force newspapers out of business and that rural people who depended on newspaper be denied their right to information.

His comments comes in the wake of efforts by the National Alliance of Bloggers to draft a constitution and get themselves formally registered with the Registrar of Societies.


Meanwhile, more supports for the press freedom for bloggers in Malaysia. The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) supports the formation of the National Alliance of Bloggers (All-Blogs), said its president Norila Mohd Daud. The NUJ also supported All-Blogs because it cared about press freedom and issues pertinent to nation-building, she said.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I suggest we label cabinet ministers first and see what category Zam belong to.