‘Suit shows re­porters ris­ing up against Guan Eng’

New Straits Times - - News -

GE­ORGE TOWN: The defama­tion suit by a se­nior jour­nal­ist against Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng is seen as an up­ris­ing by jour­nal­ists, after be­ing con­stantly at­tacked by Lim.

Parti Cinta Malaysia vi­cepres­i­dent Datuk Huan Cheng Guan said the suit was tes­ta­ment to the fact that jour­nal­ists were fed up with

Lim’s abu­sive ways with the me­dia.

“Lim is al­ways talk­ing bad about jour­nal­ists and me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions that do not write flat­ter­ing sto­ries about him.

“He called them names and la­belled them as liars.

“This is an at­tack on free­dom of press and jour­nal­ists as hu­mans,” Huan said here yes­ter­day.

It was re­ported that se­nior jour­nal­ist Ong Beng Siang, 40, from Guang Ming Daily, had filed a defama­tion suit against Lim on Fri­day, over an al­leged slan­der­ous Face­book post­ing by the DAP sec­re­tary-gen­eral.

Ong had al­leged that the post­ing was ma­li­cious and aimed at tar­nish­ing his rep­u­ta­tion and good name as a jour­nal­ist in the eyes of the pub­lic.

In his post­ing, Lim had said that he knew of the ex­is­tence of a jour­nal­ist out to paint the state gov­ern­ment in a bad light.

He had posted that if the jour­nal­ist wanted to over­throw the state gov­ern­ment, he should use facts and not pub­lish base­less re­ports.

The post­ing fol­lowed an ar­ti­cle writ­ten by Ong.

Lim had also earned the ire of Malacca Jour­nal­ist As­so­ci­a­tion (MJA) last week for claim­ing that the me­dia had ex­ag­ger­ated that 182 DAP mem­bers had re­signed here re­cently.

MJA chair­man Choong Kion Sin said the jour­nal­ists felt Lim’s state­ment dis­re­spected the me­dia’s pro­fes­sional con­duct and its free­dom.

Datuk Huan Cheng Guan

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