Bloggers are not the enemy, government told

KUALA LUMPUR: Blogs can serve as a good platform for feedback from the people and should not be perceived as the “enemy” of the government, said blogger Syed Imran Al-Sagoff.

Although blogs on political issues were prone to contain lies and deceit as a method of character assassination, the same could not be said about political blogs written by former journalists.

“When I blog, I feel free to say anything without being restricted by the organisation that I work for,” said the former Bernama journalist who blogs at www.kudaranggi.blogspot.com (visit site).

He was speaking at a dialogue in a hotel here yesterday organised by the Information Department.

The dialogue, entitled “Between Blogging and News Writing: A Lie or Reality?” was attended by 100 public relations officers from various government departments and ministries.

He added that bloggers should also be expo-sed to ethics and law to avoid writing lies.

“Almost all political parties have their own blogs. Those politicians who used to condemn bloggers have also started blogging because they have realised that it is a medium to reach out to the people especially during elections,” he said.

Another panel member, Information, Communications and Culture Ministry’s broadcasting department director-general Datuk Ibrahim Yahaya said bloggers should reveal their true identities for integrity sake.

Source: The Star Online

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