Sunday, February 28, 2010

The caption that costs NSTP RM45,000

I just want to write about a friend, a former NSTP staff. To be precise, he was a senior sports reporter with Berita Harian. He decided to leave the company in late 1990s after serving as a correspondent in Lumut (tempat dia berlumut).

Khairul Anuar Mokhtar (pic, in long-sleeve shirt), now in his early 50s, currently works for a broadcast organisation in Kuala Lumpur. I bumped into him at the Angkasapuri recently, days before he won the 10 years legal battle against the NSTP.

The Ipoh High Court had on Feb 22 gave a consent judgment between the two parties, with Khairul receiving RM45,000 following an out-of-court settlement in a defamation suit. Besides NSTP, he also named then-journalist Azmi M Anshar, Sharanjit Singh and the editor of the New Sunday Times, as defendants.

This suit followed an error in a photo caption that had appeared in the publication which had depicted Khairul as an alleged member of the Al Ma├║nah cult, when he was not. The photo and caption had appeared in the New Sunday Times on July 9, 2000.

As part of the settlement, the newspaper would also be required to issue an apology and retraction of the matter. The court did not, however, make order as to costs. Khairul had initially demanded RM632,000 as exemplary and aggravated damages.

He was represented by counsel Faizal Kamaruddin while NST and others were represented by lawyer Yau Her Lerk.

Its not the amount which he gets but the dignity which was reinstated. During that time, he may look like a peasant but I believe many people at the NSTP could recognise him.

NOTE: The news was only carried by Malaysiakini. I dont think the NSTP group of newspapers published it. Hmmm....I wonder why. I had also met some friends whom I didnt see after our Form 5 about 33 years ago, recently. We still recognise each other although some are either fat, thin, bloated, full of grey hair, bearded, bald and in many appearances. In Khairul's case, he just left the company a few years....


15 comments:

ex-BHSB said...

jai,
bagi nombor fon dia. nak kena pau mamat ni.

apa pun, tahniah khairul. kau berjaya jugak.

kawan lama BHSB

Anonymous said...

i dont think the news came out in nst or bh or metro.

they wont publish anything about their losses bro.

that also u dont know ka?

karimurrah said...

dont tell me they didnt recognise him then. he just left nstp a few years. who was the man at the desk? who gave the caption?

although its ove, its a good lesson for the media players not to sensationalise news and pictures for the sake of selling newspapers.

lucky khairul was awarded with that amount. had the court decided for a few million.....?

bekas wartawan BH said...

jai,
masa tu khairul berjambang dan berjanggut. mungkin orang yang ambil gambar dan yang bagi caption tu tak cam dia.

apa pun, macam yang kau cakap, takkan tak kenal kawan lama walaupun baru dua tiga tahun tak jumpa.

satu masalah di nstp ialah, kita boleh dikatakan jumpa orang tu hari2. kita tau dia staf. yang jadi herannya, ada staf berita harian tak kenal staf nst, ada staf nst tak kenal reporter berita harian dan metro. macam tu la walaupun bertembung hari2 dan tegur main HI je.

masa tu, bh tingkat lain, nst tingkat lain, malay mail tingkat lain, business times tingkat lain. yang kita tau cuma pegi ofis dan buat keje masing2.

mungkin ini salah satu sebab diorang tak perasan khairul ni.

bila sesebuah syarikat terlalu besar, kita sendiri tak tau siapa masuk dan siapa keluar. kalau bergaduh pun tak tau kita datang dari tempat yang sama.

tahniah khairul!

Anonymous said...

45000 tak banyak. yang penting ialah mengembalikan maruah si khairul ni. selama 10 tahun orang memandang serong terhadapnya kerana menganggapnya anggota kumpulan pelampau. sekurang2nya dia dah dapat membuktikan bahawa anggapan itu sebenarnya silap orang lain....

kawan kopek said...

KHAIRUL!

BOLEH KAWIN LAGI SATU BEB!

AKU BOLEH JADI PENGAPIT.

tahniah bro

leong said...

lucky for nstp for escape with that amount.

if i kena, i will sue them rm100 million!

Anonymous said...

Alaaa. Itu pun nak saman. Macam lah dia tak pernah buat mistake.

It's a genuine mistake. Newspapers make genuine mistakes every day. The court is wrong to award the man even a single sen. Especially that this man used to work with the newspaper!!

Ba wau doh betul.

bujai said...

anon 12.31,

ini hak namanya. kalau dah salah, siapa pun kita boleh saman.

ingat tak seorang artis saman bapak kandungnya sendiri?

pixmen said...

in the first place, the man who monitor, edit and approves the photo failed to recognise that the person is his former colleague.

secondly, the editor should observe careful when it comes to captioning such pictures.

i happened many times that wrong captions were given for wrong pictures. it keeps on happening until today.

do remember that a picture tells a thousand words!

teman 90 said...

KHAIRUL,


UTANG AKU 30 SEN BILA NAK BAYAR?

NI DAH KENA INTEREST NI.

ANYWAY, SYUKUR KAU MENANG. KALAU TAK, DAH KE DALAM DAH KAU!

din sengau said...

inilah masalah media kita hari ini. selalu sangat nak berita dan gambar sensasi.

asal nampak orang berjanggut, bejambang dan berkopiah, dianggapnya pelampau.

macam mana la boleh jadi macam tu, tak tau la. agaknya masa dapat latihan kewartawanan dulu, itu dulu yang diajar!

melampau betul!

Anonymous said...

bujai, how much is khairul paying u?

bujai said...

anon 1.43,

not a single sen... and i dont know whether he knows about this posting.

u had a bad, bad intention!

Anonymous said...

PADAN MUKA NST. DIORANG INGAT DIA SELALU BETUL.

INI AKU NAK TENGOK KESUDAHAN KES ROCKY DENGAN KALI DAN NSTP.

HARAP2 ROCKY MENANG I BILION!