Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Conquering English!

The Malay Mail of late has been getting quite a bit of flak and it looks like it is not going to stop.
What with circulation dropping and having reached alarming numbers, many journalists jumping ship, many still there but are a discontended lot and the list goes on.
To make matters worse, an internal memo from the Editor-At-Large, Frankie D'Cruz, which was sent to me by a concerned party in The Malay Mail, further questions the quality of the Paper.
The email is reproduced below on an article on Tuesday, which was full of mistakes.
With such deplorable standards, it is little wonder the circulation is dropping everyday.
To top it all, it is learnt that there has been a recent intake to beef up the paper with top notch journalists to check the slide on the quality.
But if the mistakes are still occurring, then one wonders if intake served its purpose at all.
Yes, there are mistakes found in all newspapers these days as the quality of journalism has certainly taken a dip. And sometimes mistakes happen because time constraints, pressure and short of staff. But to find an article littered with mistakes, is certainly not acceptable, especially with a newspaper like The Malay Mail which has a rich history, having been established in 1896!
Read on:

Dear All,

Heading: Concurring English!

It should be conquering English, right. Read on. (Red denotes correct usage)

Heading: Calls for removal of offensive film

1. It’s only a 14-min trailer, it’s not known if the film has been completed. Video clip would be appropriate.

2.Para 21 of the story reads: “YouTube has since blocked the clip from being viewed in Malaysia.....Isn’t this a development that should have been reflected in the heading and intro?)

Doesn’t this cancel off the subhead?

Subhead: Politicians from both divide sides of divide condemn YouTube's refusal to remove video

Join me on a quest to conquer English.

Copy in print reads:

TWO weeks after the country witnessed the most divisive independence day celebrations in recent history, politicians from both divide sides of the divide came together in one voice, on Malaysia day (Day) condemning YouTube’s refusal to remove the short film entitled 'Innocence of Muslims'.

The 14 minute-clip, which disparages and insults Islam and Prophet Muhammad, was uploaded on YouTube in July 2012 and
further gained notoriety when the trailer was dubbed in Arabic and broadcasted broadcast on Egyptian television in September.
The broadcast has led to violent protest
s across the Middle East which culminated into in the killing of the US ambassador in Libya, Chris Stevens, the first killing of a US ambassador in more than 30 years.

On Saturday, Information, Communication
s and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim called on YouTube through a statement in Bernama to remove the clip and said the Internet giant Google-owned subsidiary was “oblivious to the tumult in the Islamic world”. ...Rais Yatim, in a statement on Saturday, urged YouTube to remove.......


Stand by, this is where we CONQUER!

conquering concurring with this, Rais' deputy minister deputy Datuk Maglin D'Cruz strongly reiterated that the video should be removed with “immediate effect”.

“I strongly believe that the video should be removed with immediate effect. Those who were responsible for
it n cyberspace do not represent any group and clearly their intent is to create animosity among religions of the world which I strong strongly condemn and rebuke,” he told The Malay Mail.

Higher Education Deputy Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (pic) added that it was saddening that such religious hatred was still being practiced
practised these days.

“We are supposed to be more educated and understanding and able to respect each others
other's religions. Instead of spewing hate, we should be talking about how people of different religions can help each other. We should be going on that path.

“I think times like this show that there are limits to partisan politics. If we can unite on things that are happening overseas, hopefully we can continue this with local issues,” he said.

He also warned Muslims not to resort to violence in protesting against the film.
video clip

“I also disapprove with the violent and aggressive protests against the film
film-makers. It is important for us to show our protest in an appropriate manner, less lest we will be we be equal to the people who made the film. By all means go out and protest but don’t resort to violence,” he said.

Earlier Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaludin said the party’s wing would hold a major protest against the film
film makers this Friday.

“This protest is being held regardless of political differences and hopefully becomes
???? a platform for Muslims to voice out to the world that this irresponsible and insulting act against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad will not be taken lightly.

“Umno Youth welcomes the PAS Youth Assembly’s participation in this protest. This is a universal problem which needs to be addressed immediately, “ he told reporters at an Umno delegates meeting at Permatang Pauh.

PKR vice president Chua Tian Chang agreed that YouTube must re-evaluate the film for its “offensive”
why the doubt over offensive? contents. ....must remove the trailer/clip due to its offensive contents

I personally 
can I be anything but personal? think that the film is utterly offensive and I believe YouTube has certain policies governing the kind of material uploaded. YouTube must justify whether the film still falls within the tolerated level of free speech,” he said.

PAS national unity bureau chairman Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa said there were limits to freedom of speech.

“It is a question whether airing it on YouTube would trigger more violence or not. Even without being aired, the film has already angered the Muslim world. Freedom cannot infringe the sensitivity of others
especially religious issues
???? and must be under the protection of the bigger interest ????,” he said.
PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli added that YouTube had
 a history of removing clips which were deemed offensive and stressed that the short film should not be any different.

However, Rafizi warned the government to not
not to use this case as just cause for future censorship of online contents.

YouTube has since blocked the clip from being viewed in Malaysia and placed a disclosure that “the content is not available in your country due to a legal complaint.”

The video sharing website has placed similar temporary block
s in Egypt and Libya.

The White House has also asked YouTube to review the clip but according to The New York Times, the site stressed that the video “does not violate any terms of service.”

According to Google’s recent transparency report, the South Korean government has made the most requests for removal of contents in Youtube. From July to December 2011 it had asked Google for a 51
????removals, followed by India, which came in second with 43 requests with US with 38.

For the same period, Malaysia had made less than 10 requests for content removal in Google products.




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