Claiming our rights to ethical reporting
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Reporters are a judgemental lot. They assume. That’s what they do to make sense of what they see and hear. But when reporters pass judgement without verifying, when they think their “gaydar” can spot a “gay” just like that, it’s a worry.
Especially when they unthinkingly report whatever is dished out by their sources — for instance, last September when the Education Ministry circulated guidelines on how to spot potential homosexuality in students, and on Dec 27, the version of Utusan Malaysia’s lawyer of what it takes to run a newspaper.