Who owns the newspapers and TV stations in your country? Do you think this has an effect on the news that you hear?
Who owns the newspaper and TV stations in Malaysia? Well, from a few of my readings and understanding, I can say that most of them are either owned by the government of Malaysia or owned by political parties of the Barisan Nasional coalition government for example, “Media Prima”.
Media Prima is a company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia. It is Malaysia’s leading integrated media investment group. The Group currently owns 100 percent equity interests in TV3, 8TV, ntv7 and TV9. In addition, the Group also owns more than 98 percent equity interest in The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad (NSTP), Malaysia’s largest publisher which publishes three national newspapers; New Straits Times, Berita Harian and Harian Metro.
From my point of view, this has made a big impact to our country in regarding the news. Many news are untold in these news because they are told not to. This is because they don’t want the governments name to be bad and they want their viewers to like what they see. Besides tthat, many news are also not told because they want the news to be seen by people from all ages including young kids.
Some of the news are also edited so that they don’t hurt anyone’s feelings. This is a good thing that reporters should do in covering for some one. Some reporters lies in their report so that someone will fall. Basically, these are the things which has made a big impact towards the media world nowadays.
For times like this, some of the political parties are taking these chances to promote their parties through the television and newspapers, while the opposed parties cannot do that because they are not allowed by the government to promote their parties through the media such as the newspaper and the television. Because of this, they have the advantages in the election.
Malaysia has reached its independence for more than 55 years, but some of the things are still not free. Why do we need to do this, lets not be biased towards one thing and lets be fair. I would like to suggest that the owner of the media in Malaysia that they must do something in this. Thank you.