KOTA KINABALU, (Oct 31) — Cooperation between the media and police is vital to ensure only accurate information concerning security matters can be disseminated to the public.
Sabah Journalists Association (SJA) acting President Francis Fahir said in this borderless world, people can get their hands on all kinds of information, be it true or false.
Towards this end, he said SJA believes the action of police to snatch cameras of press photographers and deleting pictures from its memory card while covering a particular incident in Servay at Penampang Baru near here Thursday was uncalled for.
“These photographers are only doing their job and only taking pictures from outside the cordoned areas. The pictures are important in order to tell the public the actual incident.
“Even if the pictures from the photographers have been deleted but what about the pictures taken by the public using smartphones? These pictures have gone viral but without verified information,” said Francis.
Francis said SJA hoped for a stronger cooperation between the police and media in assisting each other to carry out their duties effectively.
Yesterday, when covering an incident of two men, suspected to be members of the Sulu Rebel Army who were shot dead by the police in Penampang Baru, news photographers claimed that their cameras were snatched by police personnel and had the pictures deleted.
The action of the police personnel had made media practitioners unhappy as they failed to get pictures of the incident but at the same time pictures taken by members of the public using smartphones went viral on social media.
Meanwhile, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman on his immediate response through Whatsapp to the SJA’s statement thanked the association for raising the matter and he would look into the said incident seriously. — BERNAMA