KUALA LUMPUR, 9 Nov 2009: Bloggers have been urged to stop spreading lies in their writings, particularly on social and political issues, as they can create controversy and damage the government’s reputation.
Broadcasting director-general Datuk Ibrahim Yahya, himself a blogger, said bloggers should act as intermediaries when presenting issues to society.
“Some bloggers write nonsensical things that are far from the truth, and create issues which are not true.
“It is difficult to gauge the extent of the truth in blog writings as the writers always hide behind pen names,” he said today at a dialogue session titled Blog: Lies or Reality.
Ibrahim said although bloggers had the freedom to write, they should always strive for a positive outcome and consider racial sensitivities.
Blogger Syed Imran Alsagoff, who goes by the moniker Kuda Ranggi, said like print and electronic media journalists, bloggers should also be exposed to journalism ethics and laws like the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the Offical Secrets Act (OSA).
“Bloggers who do not have deep understanding of the provisions of the acts and journalism ethics may resort to writing lies,” he claimed.
Syed Imran, a former Bernama editor, claimed that blogs on political issues tended to lie and degrade the dignity of others. — Bernama