Already tired of the mainstream media’s bias in covering the election campaign?
Don’t fret, you are not alone. And I have got just the right antidote for you.
In case you haven’t noticed, there is a new blog in town. The Malaysian Election Media Monitors’ Diary, which is now in full flow.
This is an initiative launched on Saturday by Charter 2000-Aliran, the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and the Writers’ Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI) to monitor the media’s coverage of the 12th general election campaign. They are assisted by a team of incredibly dedicated and committed young independent volunteers.
We are dissecting the media coverage in the newspapers and over radio and television.
The aim is to ensure that the media coverage is fair, professional, and ethical. What this means is that there must be:
* equal access to the mainstream media for all parties;
* fair and sufficient coverage for all parties; and
* the right to reply or to respond to state a position or to clarify baseless allegations
Check out the Media Monitor’s Diary to see the fine work these young volunteers have done as media monitors. (There is hope in Malaysian society, after all!)
You can also help by incorporating the RSS feed of this Diary into your blogs, websites, browsers and aggregate news readers.
The URL for the feed is http://www.aliran.com/elections/atom.xml
Why don’t you drop a comment in the Diary to encourage these volunteers in their work.