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Utusan Meloya tiada masa lebih untuk semak kebenaran, kata peguam Utusan kepada mahkamah...


Peguam Utusan Malaysia Datuk Firoz Hussein Ahmad Jamaluddin hari ini memberitahu Mahkamah Tinggi bahawa akhbar berbahasa Melayu itu tidak mempunyai masa yang lebih untuk menyemak kebenaran laporan, apabila melihat kepentingan laporan tentang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pada Januari lalu.

Firoz membuat penerangan tersebut dalam kes saman Anwar (gambar) terhadap akhbar tersebut pada Januari lalu bahawa menuduh beliau menyokong pergerakan gay, dan mendakwa beliau berkata demikian dalam temuramah di televisyen British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) awal tahun ini.

Firoz berkata berita mempunyai jangka hayat yang pendek, berkata televisyen dan air wave mungkin akan membawa berita sama.

Jika akhbar perlu menyemak proses untuk memastikan kebenaran secara teliti, mereka sudi untuk melaporkan pada keesokan hari, kata Firoz.

Kerana ini adalah penting untuk menyampaikan berita secepat mungkin kepada orang ramai.

Firoz kemudian berkata media tidak mempunyai masa yang lebih untuk menyemak fakta dalam berita, jika tidak ia tidak dapat menyiarkan apa-apa berita.

Tetapi peguam Anwar N Surendran mengatakan walaupun berita penting dan tidak boleh basi tidak bermakna akhbar boleh melaporkan kenyataan yang salah.

Surendran mengatakan Utusan Malaysia tidak bertanya pada Anwar tentang komennya sebelum meletakkannya di dalam akhbar mereka.

Anwar pada Januari lalu memfailkan saman malu berjumlah RM50 juta dan injuksi untuk menghalang Utusan Malaysia dan ketua pengarangnya dari meneruskan laporan berita tentang b! eliau me nyokong pergerakan hak asasi gay.

Pada sesi pendengaran pada eighteen Julai, Anwar memberitahu mahkamah bahawa sudah menjadi pengetahuan orang ramai bahawa Utusan Malaysia adalah akhbar yang dimiliki Umno dan menerima arahan dari presiden parti.

Anwar bersetuju bahawa homoseksual perlu ditentang untuk melindungi kesucian perkahwinan, tetapi memberi pandangan bahawa undang-undang yang ada sekarang perlu dilihat semula bagi mengelakkan orang yang tidak bersalah dari dihukum.

Awal tahun ini, Anwar didapati tidak bersalah terhadap dakwaan meliwat bekas pembantu lelakinya Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, apabila Mahkamah Tinggi mendapati dakwaan tersebut tidak cukup untuk membuktikan Anwar meliwat Saiful.

Selepas beberapa hari Anwar dibebaskan, akhbar Utusan Malaysia menyiarkan berita bertajuk Anwar ulas isu gay, mendakwa pemimpin de-facto Pakatan Rakyat (PR) memberitahu BBC bahawa undang-undang terhadap homoseksualiti di Malaysia sudah lapuk dan tidak relevan.

Dalam dua artikel yang disiarkan Utusan Malaysia, Hasan melaporkan merujuk kepada temubual BBC apabila menghentam Anwar kerana menuduh beliau bersetuju homoseksualiti harus dibenarkan dalam negara ini.

Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi VT Singham berkata kedua pihak perlu menyampaikan keterangan mereka hari ini dan akan membuat keputusan pada 21 Januari tahun hadapan.-malaysian insider


Utusan lawyer: Newspapers lack luxury of time to vet truth...

Newspapers do not have a luxury of time to ascertain a truth of their headlines reports, Utusan Malaysias counsel Datuk Firoz Hussein Ahmad Jamaluddin currently told a High Court here when justifying a urgency of a Malay dailys inform upon Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim this January.

Firoz was creation clarifications in Opposition Leader Anwars insult fit opposite a journal which had in Jan allegedly indicted him of being a happy rights proponent in a inform claiming he had certified as much in a TV talk with a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) early this year.

He pronounced which headlines reports have a very short lifespan, adding which television as well as air wave stations would have carried a same headlines report.

If newspapers have to go through a full process of ascertaining a truth, a details, they wouldnt be able to inform a next day, Firoz argued.

Thats why it was urgent to mangle a headlines to a open as shortly as possible.

Firoz after argued which a media does not have a luxury of time to ascertain a veracity of facts contained in every headlines report, observant which nothing will ever get published otherwise.

But Anwars lawyer, N. Surendran, after contended which regulating a evidence which headlines is urgent as well as cannot be stale would mean which newspapers will be giveaway to tell false statements.

Surendran serve forked out which Utusan had not sought Anwars comments prior to it went upon to tell a story.

Firoz additionally pronounced currently which Utusans reporton former PAS partial of Datuk Dr Hasan Alis statementwas a neutral transcript of what happened without embellishment.


The open has a right to know his (Hasans) point of view. He is a politician. Its nothing pe! rsonal.< /b>


Firoz pronounced which Utusan should be entitled to a counterclaim of reportage, as they had published a verbatim inform of what Hasan had said.


He additionally relied upon a counterclaim of justification, fair criticism as well as qualified privilege.


Under a counterclaim of qualified privilege, he argued which as a newspaper, Utusan has a duty to tell matters of open interest such as matters regarding to a law as well as a opinions of politicians upon these issues.


But Surendran argued which there was ill will involved, observant which both Utusans editor-in-chief as well as arch headlines editor had unsuccessful to give a loyal answer in previous cross-examinations about either a headlines inform was true.


On October 23, a newspapers arch headlines editor Zulkiflee Bakar had told a court he was not sure if a headlines inform was loyal or not, observant which Utusan had only published it based upon an unedited full transcript of Hasans statement.


Surendran had asked if Zulkiflee concluded which may be a content was true, may be (it was) not true, to which Zulkiflee replied which it was both.


Zulkiflee had additionally told Firoz which a headlines inform was based upon Hasans statement, observant which Hasan should know either it was loyal or not.


Today, Surendran claimed which editor-in-chief Datuk Abdul Aziz Ishak was evasive as well as had showed no confidence when asked upon August 13 if a contents of a headlines inform were true.


Surendran argued which ill will upon a partial of Utusan was proven when a suspect had no genuine belief which what was published was true.

< b>Anwar had in Jan filed a insult fit looking RM50 million in damages as well as an injunction to stop Utusan as well as a editor-in-chief from repeating statements accusing him of being a happy rights proponent.

At a conference upon Jul 18, Anwar had told a court which it was open knowledge which Utusan Malaysia was Umno-owned as well as which it took orders from a partys president.

He additionally concluded afterwards which homosexuals should be discriminated opposite to strengthen a sanctity of marriage, but forked out which archaic laws should be reviewed to forestall innocent people from being punished.

Earlier this year, Anwar was clear of a charge of sodomising former male aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, with a High Court ruling which a charge had not done sufficient to prove a opposition personality had committed sodomy opposite Saiful.

Just days after Anwar was exonerated, Utusan Malaysia front-paged a story titled Anwar ulas isu happy (Anwar discusses happy rights), claiming a Pakatan Rakyat (PR) de facto personality had told a BBC talk which laws upon homosexuality in Malaysia were deliberate archaic as well as not relevant.

The High Court decider VT Singham had asked both sides to make clarifications currently as well as will broach his decision upon Jan 21 next year.-malaysian insider





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