Posts Tagged ‘newspaper’

Suara Keadilan and Harakah banned but still online

The Home Ministry has decided to censor opposition newspapers like Harakah (by PAS) and Suara Keadilan (by Keadilan/PKR?) for a period of three months, with immediate effect, since their reporting is “wrong, sensational and sensitive in nature”. Malaysiakini also reports that DAP’s Rocket is having issues renewing its annual publishing permit, as well.

Why do I get the feeling that its just another slap in the face for the BN-led government. After all, before this hoopla, I’d have never read these dailies. I probably still wouldn’t.

However, if you did, there’s a good chance you’re going to read them online. HarakahDaily.Net and Suara Keadilan are all online, and free for all to read. The latter even comes with an RSS feed. DAP’s Rocket doesn’t seem to be online yet, but Lim Kit Siang himself is an active blogger.

The BN-led government will retort saying “but everyone reads it in print” (which is what they can control). Nay. Now, those that don’t get the print versions, will get information from their friends that read the online versions. Soon, you’ll get a scenario like Chinese whispers, which will probably only anger more people.

Telegraph partnering with online sites

The Telegraph Group in the UK, publishers of the The Daily Telegraph seem to be embracing the Web world. Take a look at their offers page.

They’re offering services, using 3rd party web providers, like Wesabe for managing your finances, and partnering with Specsavers to tell you what kind of spectacles to choose next.

I don’t know how comfortable one would be, giving a newspaper more and more information (I didn’t find a privacy clause) about oneself, but this is the Facebook-era, where information is mostly free. Wesabe also mentions that with 22.9 million unique visitors to the Telegraph website in September alone, it could mean great growth for the site.

It would be interesting to see The Age/Sydney Morning Herald partner up with some local Aussie startup sites… similarly in Malaysia, now that the newspapers are moving to a more online fashion.