There was a crazy number of notifications on my phone when I woke up this morning. Apart from the usual comments and likes and alerts, many of them were from friends drawing my attention to an article published in The New Paper (TNP).
I don’t have a photo of the full article, but the article, whose headline is a very authoritative ‘Thou Shalt Post The Truth‘, goes into the influence (or perceived influence) of bloggers, highlighting certain shortfalls (or perceived shortfalls).
On top of Ravi Philemon, who gets a rather large photo, TNP also singles out four other bloggers to hold up as examples to us all.
Besides the very bizarre description of me working as a journalist and film-maker “among other professions” (what other professions?), I find TNP’s account of the episode I was involved in to be woefully incomplete, and would like to take this opportunity to set a few things straight.
Although TNP makes it sound as if I wilfully misrepresented a late-night call between the Law Minister and Remy Choo, my blog post actually stayed very close to what I had been told by Remy. You can read the original blog post, with the responses from both the Law Minister and Remy, here. I believe the sequence of events from my original post to Remy’s final clarification makes things quite clear, but this was not how it was reported in TNP.
While I was criticised by some netizens, there were also others who came forward to corroborate what I had been told (which led to what I wrote):