Malaysia just have another rally called Bersih 3.0 on 28th April 2012. I don't want to talk about the rally here since that is not my focus, if you would like to know more, you can click Bersih 3.0 to read it.
While offline, Malaysians and policemen having fight at Kuala Lumpur, there is another fight which was going on at the same time - Social Media War.
Both Malaysians and Royal Malaysia Police kept uploading videos to show the world what happened on Bersih 3.0. When you search on Youtube Bersih 3.0, you can get a lot of videos while for Royal Malaysia Police videos are here (they are smarter in this rally).
So, my question is if mainstream is so powerful to influence Malaysians, why would Royal Malaysia Police needs to take their videos to post on Facebook and fight with normal people? They do understand that the influential power of social networking sites, e.g Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. They do understand mainstream media are not in control now. In fact, the trust Malaysians to mainstream on Bersih 3.0 issue dropped.
A lot of Facebook users took photos of local newspapers and posted on Facebook. Most people said that local newspapers tell lies. This is something that I don't understand. While a lot of people attended the rally Bersih 3.0, they personally saw what happened but some of the local newspapers still can tell lie??
One of the hottest issue is (British Broadcasting Corporation) BBC and Astro (Malaysian direct broadcast satellite (DBS) Pay TV service). Astro censored BBC news in Malaysia on Bersih 3.0 rally. Before internet era, we may not able to know it, but now the whole world know about this issue (one person posted on Facebook). You can view the video below.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has demanded an explanation from Astro for snipping off 30 seconds of its two-minute news clip.
At a certain level, mainstream media are still in control. But, the more they control, the less trust Malaysians can give them. The future is about sharing and transparent. Because of internet, human behaviours changed.
Update on 5th May 2012
For your information, according to World Press Index 2012, Malaysia rank 122 out of 179! You can download the full report here.
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