‘The Star’ told to ex­plain

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA NERUS: Star Me­dia Group has been sum­moned by the Home Min­istry to pro­vide an ex­pla­na­tion over its front-page story head­lined “Malaysian ter­ror­ist leader” on Satur­day.

The min­istry’s sec­re­tary-gen­eral, Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim, said the daily needed to ex­plain why it had used a pic­ture of Mus­lims pray­ing un­der the head­line and in­sen­si­tively dis­played a spa ad­ver­tise­ment on the same page.

“We want to hear from the chief ed­i­tor to­mor­row (to­day). If we are not con­vinced, we may is­sue a show-cause let­ter,” he told a press con­fer­ence at­tended by Home Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi at Tok Jem­bal Mosque here yes­ter­day.

Alwi said the cover painted a bad image of Mus­lims.

He said main­stream me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions were briefed by the min­istry on what to avoid in their re­port­ing dur­ing Ra­madan in a meet­ing on last week. “Ob­vi­ously, it has not been heeded.”

The Star had apol­o­gised on its web­site over the mat­ter.

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