Shareholders of Star Publications reportedly criticised the daily’s editorial direction in its coverage of the recent general election.
Maybe this had something to do with the unease – the share price of Star Publications (M) Bhd over the last one year:
Wong Chun Wai’s admission of the shareholders’ criticism was reported in a Malay Mail report on The Star’s AGM on 22 May 2013.
The Star is owned by the MCA (42 per cent), EPF (10 per cent) and Skim Amanah Saham Bumiputra (10 per cent), according to the firm’s 2012 Annual Report.
“All sort of views were expressed. Some felt we were not fair, but a large number also spoke out and said we did a balanced job. There can never be any uniform view,” Wong was reported to have said.
Anonymous accounts of the AGM posted on blogs and social media, however, suggest the meeting was peppered with sharp questions about the paper’s editorial direction, political advertisements and election coverage.
If you’ve noticed, after the general elections, The Star has tried to restore its crediblity by reporting a little more fairly about Pakatan and other dissenting views.
But is it too little too late? Is this ‘change of heart’ dictated more by a new commitment to ethical journalism or is it more out of concern for declining circulation and its falling share price?
After the election, a relative of mine requested her newspaper vendor to terminate her subscription to The Star.
The puzzled vendor enquired from her, “You are not the only one. Why are others also now terminating the The Star?”
What do you think? Did The Star do a “balanced job” during the general election?