Zam slams Al Jazeera’s coverage (The Star)

Tuesday November 13, 2007
KUALA LUMPUR: Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin has strongly criticised satellite television station Al Jazeera’s coverage of Saturday’s illegal gathering here.

Describing the coverage as biased, unfair and confusing to people living overseas, he said he would write to the station stating that the Government was aware of what the station was trying to do.
“They also cited a blogger as an independent journalist when the blogger is actually a DAP member,” he said.
Thousands of demonstrators under the Bersih coalition gathered at various parts of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday before marching to Istana Negara to present a memorandum calling for fair and free elections.
Zainuddin said Al Jazeera’s coverage gave the impression that the police were violent when they actually took minimum action to control the crowd.
“The police only used water cannons and tear gas and did not shoot anyone,” he said.
Zainuddin also quoted the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia which commended the police for carrying out a good job in controlling the crowd.
“When faced with demonstrators, the police allowed them to march to the palace,” Zainuddin said.
Zainuddin said Al Jazeera should use its base in Malaysia as an opportunity to strengthen bonds with the West rather than to portray Malaysia as anti-West.