Gus Dur in the eyes of Bernama?

A piece, titled ‘Who is Gus Dur to tell us what to do?’, was despatched by Bernama today.

Highly critical of the former Indonesian president, the article essentially aims at depicting the man as someone who is not worthy of trust, let alone adulation. In a sense, the subtext here is, Anwar Ibrahim — and by implication, PKR — is in ‘bad’ company.

But the piece itself begs a few questions.

First of all, this item, which lambasts Gus Dur who recently lends his support to Anwar Ibrahim and PKR, doesn’t look like a normal news report as it is more of an opinion piece, and yet there’s no by-line given to the writer.

Given that the writer’s identity is not made known, are we to assume that this piece represents the viewpoint held by Bernama as far as Gus Dur and Anwar Ibrahim are concerned?

If this is indeed the official position of Bernama as regards the above issue, doesn’t this mean that the ‘national’ news agency has indeed become partisan in matters of national import and politics?

Or does this mark a new approach in Bernama’s journalism, i.e. to be critical of all parties irrespective of their ideological bent?

At this juncture, it’d be interesting to see whether Bernama would give Gus Dur his right of reply, as should be the normal practice in professional journalism. 

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3 Responses to “Gus Dur in the eyes of Bernama?”


  1. 2 jatt 23 August 2008 at 10:23 am

    I don’t really like this guy.
    Same goes to this guy also:
    Najib, welcome to the Club!Swearing Club!

  2. 3 sumpah 23 August 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Bernama journalism? What the hell is that? Bernama is a no name government propaganda machine. Everybody in the real world knows it. They can shake hands with the MCA controller STAR. Another piece of crap.


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