Sun Tzu - Art of War

''Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness" - Sun Tzu

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Bersih Rally: Police Violence Against Journalists Points to Real War Ahead

Even Aljazeera and Malaysiakini crew (journalist, cameraman, photographer etc) have became victims of the police violence in Bersih Rally. It can be said that this is the worst attack on cameraman in Malaysia history.

It is obvious now that the real war out there is in the media capture! By arresting and attacking the primary carriers of information - the political masters think they can control what we see and hear. However,  this will only trigger a wave of secondary carriers of information (citizen journalism) unlike anything seen ever before.

Imagine anyone with a smartphone camera can easily become an unofficial citizen journalist. This is a liquid media revolution which will flow by itself by its own energy as witnessed in Egypt.

"I don’t think anyone could have predicted that smartphones would end up playing a major role in journalistic coverage or revolutions worldwide—but as this infographic shows, they have." - FrugalDad*

Many people think the social-political leaders are the most contributing factor for toppling 'hard to fall'  corrupted governments like in Egypt and  Libya. But it is actually  the primary and secondary journalism  that ultimately connect, move and bind things together and trigger more uprising. It is the media that made the message reaches everywhere.

In other words - these are the ultimate 'liquid bullets' that can really capture and continue to flow. . i.e. a MOVEMENT. Not only that - it can move and touch the outsiders too - even the journalist himself!!!

 “I didn’t go to Libya to cover a war, I went to cover an uprising,” said Brown, who was using an iPhone loaded with the Hipstamatic app after dropping his SLR on one of the first days he was there. “But then it became a war so I followed it, because that’s where the story was moving.”- Time Magazine -  Michael Christopher Brown - photo journalist.

Remember the great Mahatma Gandhi himself was a journalist!

''As a journalist, Gandhi could have taught a few lessons in mass communication. An effective communicator, fearless and eloquent with his words, he reached out to millions of people and convinced them of his cause.

Consider this simple words from Mahatma Gandhi:

"Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love"


It seems as if there are special orders from above to control not just the protesters - but also the Press people with camera! And they didn't even care who you are -  MalaysiaKini, Guang Ming Daily, Channel News Asia,  Merdeka Review,  Malay Mail, or even  Al Jazeera camerasInstead of safeguarding the safety of press men, the police are assaulting them. The main-stream media and the top BN leaders even  made matters worst by siding with the police as if the police are always 100% right.  (Hishammuddin was quoted as saying the police have acted profesionally). This is a very BIG mistake when we view the Police Cruelty at Bersih 3.0 below (Reaching 406,132 hits). We can expect the first 'citizen journalist' video to gain traction as we approach the election.

Hishamuddin so-called police acted professionally!

Al Jazeera report using Ipad after camera 'professionally' busted by police .

An investigative journalist will surely ask himself - why they want to target the camera? Of course the images will create undesirable impact against the establishment - but there is something more out there that they do not wish to be discovered - especially by expensive HD/SLR cameras.

These cameras can see beyond the surface - that's why the CSI team also used them . They provide exceptional details and identification invincible to the naked human eye. Those who study eye iridology and facial blood map can predict and read your characters by analyzing your face!! (See Note 4)

1. MalaysiaKini: Press pixmen nabbed over assault pictures
2. FrugalDad: The People's Tech Revolution
3. MalaysiaKini: Bersih 2.0 Pic Journalism Controversy with MCMC 
4. Anatomist CSI: Facial Mapping CSI