KUALA LUMPUR, 3 April (Bernama) — Four non-governmental organisations handed in a protest memorandum on two American news agencies which allegedly provided inaccurate coverage and a bad image of Malaysia in connection with the MH370 tragedy.
The four NGOs are the Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association(PPIM), Malaysian Media Foundation (MMF), International Muslim Consumers Association (IMCA) and Batas Malaysia (Bersekutu).
Head activist of PPIM Datuk Nadzim Johan said the two news agencies were the Cable News Network (CNN) and Fox News which not only gave inaccurate reports but was also unethical in covering the MH370 tragedy.
“There is press freedom, but do not go overboard in spreading lies.
“Media practitioners have to be more responsible in writing news, because untrue news could create uneasiness among the people,” he said after presenting the memorandum to a representative of the American embassy here at 3.30pm.
He said, as professional media practitioners, both these news agencies should study (the situation) before releasing news.
For instance, Nadzim said, the CNN journalist covering the news did not know about this country and reported that Kuala Lumpur was in Indonesia.