A group of Malaysians led by lawyer/blogger Harris Ibrahim of People’s Parliament today announced this campaign to boycott the mainstream newspapers. He announced it at the Blog House in Damansara Heights today.
Why? Because the mainstream newspapers (largely government propaganda tools) “have been misleading the people. I suppose that fact is something you and I have known for sometime now.
But I guess its time to do something about it. On that score I agree with the goals of Harris and his band.
So, from tomorrow, we boycott the newspapers on every Tuesday. Hit the circulation and the readership. Let’s see if this campaign can have a viral impact.
Better still, stop buying the physical newspapers altogether. View them online if u have to get some news. And those of you who need to see Kuda, Toto, Magnum results, hell, you can always visit their websites, or subscribe to results via SMS.
This is for now, IMHO, more a symbolic gesture, but I hope it will snowball into something that tells the thick heads in the media that the readership is disgusted with the spin doctoring of events and issues and the lack of check and balance mechanism on the mainstream media, which has been and is a powerful tool for shaping opinions.
By the way, it was kinda ironic that this boycott was announced at a press conference with mainstream media reporters present, and this was pointed out by The Star’s Saodah Elias.
Harris’ reply was somewhat to the tune of, “yes it does sound that way on the surface but actually here we are, actually telling you guys that we are doing this.” Now, if this story actually sees print on the mainstream media come tomorrow morning, well, : ) let’s just see…