Thursday, January 25, 2007

blog - a powerful tool

Powerful enough to wake up the traditional media from its long sleep I guess.

The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd (NSTP) has obtained an exparte injunction ordering blogger Jeff Ooi to remove allegedly defamatory postings in relation to it on his blog Screenshots.

The injunction, granted by High Court Justice Abdul Malik Ishak on Jan 11, states that the said 13 postings from Feb 16 to Dec 4, 2006, have to be removed from his blog by Jan 17.

Read more here.

In a heart-warming way, this is the online community at its best. A movement, Bloggers United, has been formed and has issued a statement that "what you do to any of us, is what you do to all".

A legal fund will be set up soon as a means to provide financial assistance for bloggers who face legal action such as the defamation suits taken by the New Straits Times Press (M) Sdn Bhd (NSTP) against bloggers Jeff Ooi and Ahirudin Attan.

Read about it here and here.

While, bloggers are now being united to protect their rights for free speech, the PM is saying that we should be responsible for what we write in cyber space and we are not immune to the law just because its (well..) cyberspace!

Bloggers must be responsible for what they write on the Internet as there are laws on defamation and sedition, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said. The Prime Minister said these laws were enforceable and bloggers must bear in mind that they could not hide or take advantage of the Internet to do something that was against the law.
Read it here.

Well.. yea, we are responsible bloggers I think. As long as the blogger identifies him/herself, I dont think we are hiding behind the computer screen. We (except for a few) are brave enough to acknowledge what we write in cyberspace. And we claim the rights for our writing. At the same time, its us, the citizens who are being deprived of fair share of the lights of the traditional media. We do not get to write what we need to write in mainstream media. So what we choose the Net, to express ourselves? Though I agree defamatory posts should be subjected to legal actions, I strongly support the notion that we are entitled to write and read what we want to. A sensitive issue, for example, should be written with care and at the same time expressing our interest and opinion. We are walking on a thin line here.


Anonymous said...

it has been made known that the NSTP is doing "fishing expedition"

"the process of discovery of the trial is akin to a ‘fishing expedition’- the pleadings must first be concrete instead of being revealed during trial" quoted from Rocky Bru's blog(

NSTP has alredi lost their business when The Star overtook their circulation. Its understood that The Sun which is given free in all the 7Eleven stores, managed to be on par with the NSTP's circulation..

freedom comes with responsibility.But what is responsiblity?? The government has its own definition whereby as long as you don censure them and criticise them, then it is RESPONSIBLE..

Anonymous said...

yup u are so right
i remember my 2nd post to be similar
we people via our blog have the choice to send our voice to the masses:)
Words on blogs prove louder than action

Known Stranger said...

hey thatz a sensible artical. by the way do i have you in my mailing list. every sat i send mails on some subject regularly . let me know. by the way hey amutha your page design is a bit uncomfortable - cant find the scrolling bar . why not think of changing ?

Anonymous said...

you are voicing out this issue I see. Hemm...good for you, i have no guts to speak out on this. This is very political...who knows when ISA might come aknocking on your door?! :p

I see alot of other 'popular' drama queens and kings staying away from this issue too.

Good for you, ill support your support to support the course of action taken. But do you think blogging is really responsible? talkng about someone else is defamation right>? Invasion of privacy? In a personal manner it is.

But this issue is a national issue now. All I can say is screw NSTP!

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Known Stranger said...

Malaysian prince at home in India

"To salute the President is such a great honour; I could not believe if it was in real"

Photo: R.V. Moorthy

"DREAM COME TRUE": Captain Tunku Ismail Ibrahim leads a mounted column of the Jaipur-based 61st Cavalry at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on Friday.

New Delhi: It was a proud moment for Captain Tunku Ismail Ibrahim, grandson of the Sultan of Johar, when he saluted President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, leading the mounted column of the Jaipur-based 61st Cavalry at the Republic Day parade on Friday.

"To salute the President is such a great honour. I could not believe if it was in real," said an elated Ibrahim, the first foreigner to lead a unit of the Army contingent.

Thrilled at the opportunity, the young Malaysian prince, who was commissioned in the Army two years ago after passing out from the prestigious Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehra Dun, told a private TV channel that it was like a "dream come true."

"It is a family tradition to get trained in the forces. My grandfather was trained in the Malaysian Army. My father, the Crown Prince of Johar, received training in the U.S.," said Ibrahim, the first member of his family to join the Indian Army.

"It is a great honour to be part of such a great Army and to take part in the national event," the Captain added.

Asked to compare life in Malaysia with that in India, he pointed out that they (his brothers back in Malaysia) were more "free and do not have much restrictions."

"As a result, they can focus on the responsibilities and have free time as well unlike me," said Ibrahim, one of the most talked about `star' of the parade.

He explained: "I have added responsibilities but being trained in the Indian Army, I have learnt to take it as a challenge." — PTI

check the link :

Known Stranger said...

Princess said...

How are you dear?
Hope things are fine at your end.

true _ its a powerful tool, need to handle it with precautions.

much luv,

tulipspeaks said...

guys..i have no idea why some comments turn out to be by anonymous. just switched to new blogger. probably bcoz of that. any remedies for this problem?

@ anonymous 1 (i think this is vivek)

The government has its own definition whereby as long as you don censure them and criticise them, then it is RESPONSIBLE..

probably.. in my definition, being responsible meaning u r owning up t o wht u write. thats all. and i think being sued or criticized is all part n parcel of the idea of being responsible :P


tulipspeaks said...

@ anonymous 2 (i think this is vipul)


yea. agree with u here.

@ stranger


the scrolling bar came with the template. im not sure if i wanna change it. anyway, u can look of the cursors at the end n top of the bar to scroll.


tulipspeaks said...

@ anonymous 3 (is this gp?? :S)

lolz. ithekellam ISA vare maatange pa. dont worry.

@ stranger

hmm.. not sure why u gave the link. anyway thanks.

@ princess aiz

:))) im doing great! yes.. precaution is the word. but i think it will lead to bigger debate then. ;)


Nirek said...

yeah...these kind of legal things discourages the freedom exist in blog world! Blog is one's freedom to express his opinions!