MALAYSIA: MAINSTREAM JOURNALISM UNDER THREAT FROM "EXPRESS REPORTERS"
Last Updated: 2017-12-07
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NILAI, Malaysia Dec 7 (NNN-Bernama) -- The flurry of news on social media written by 'express reporters' or citizezen journalists who forgo facts for speed poses a threat to mainstream journalism, said Malaysian Press Institute chief executive officer Dr Chamil Wariya.

He said these ‘reporters’ who did not have a basic foundation in journalism spread of news that corrupt people's minds.

"The danger of these express reporters is that they only focus on spreading news fast without studying the facts, while the public who are easily influenced by such news spread the false news obtained.

"In contrast, mainstream reporters have to go through much screening and stages of editing before the news is released for public consumption to avoid mistakes in facts and grammar,” he at the 'Islamic Media and Journalism Seminar 2017' at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) here today.

Also present was USIM's head of its New Media Programme, Dr Rosninawati Hussin.

Chamil said express reporters could pose a threat to countries through the spread of news which lacked authenticity and was merely an agenda of profit-hunting individuals.

As such, readers needed to make sound judgement when reading, he said.

A total of 150 USIM Communication students specialising in journalism attended the one-day seminar themed "Journalists Without Borders: Are They a Threat to Professionalism in Journalism".

Three panellists were invited to discuss the issue, namely former senior crime reporter of Utusan Malaysia, Sinar Harian and TV Al-Hijrah, Syahril A. Kadir; Berita Harian Metro writer Adam Salleh and former reporter of The Star, The Sun and Malaysiakini, Yusof Ghani.--NNN-BERNAMA