As promised, NST prints apology for its false report
15 Nov 2013 - The New Straits Times today featured an apology to four NGOs for its publication of a false report last year, in which it accused the four, including electoral reform group Bersih, of trying to destabilise the government.
The half-page apology, featured prominently on page three of the daily, was part of theconditions set by the NGOs Bersih 2.0, human rights group Suaram, Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and pollster Merdeka Center, for dropping theirdefamation suit against the newspaper.
Aside from the NGOs, Malaysiakini too was named in the article as one of the recipients of a share of RM20 million from Washington-based National Endowment for Democracy (NED) over a period of seven years from 2005.
The money, the NST report said, was part of foreign funding meant to “destabilise” the BN-led government by causing political unrest, similar to other Middle Eastern countries, and to bring down the nation’s economy.
Article 'groundless and false'
In the apology, NST acknowledged that the report, ‘Plot to destabilise govt’, which it front-paged on Sept 21, 2012, was “groundless” and “false”.
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