ST Readers' Post contributor DMITRY RYAKHOVSKIY feels that media, including The Straits Times, should offer fairer and balanced coverage to the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine. Why is it all right when pro-Western countries split or re-unite but not when such circumstances involve pro-Russian interests, he asks? Mr Ryakhovsky is the press secretary to the Russian embassy in Singapore.
Caption: Why, asks Mr Ryakhovskiy, does the Western media slant its coverage on the crisis in Ukraine such as, for instance, highlighting a perceived anti-referendum vote when an overwhelming 97 percent of Crimeans voted for seceding and re-uniting with the Russian Federation. File photo: Agence-France Presse
The gravity of the reportage of the City Harvest trial has been eclipsed by the media circus surrounding the fashion sense of one of the accused Serina Wee. Sadly, The Straits Times virtually appears to be encouraging this. As a public relations practitioner, I am always mindful and constantly reminding my clients that ST will not promote or endorse individuals or products in their editorials. How do I then justify the exception made by this article (Ex-finance manager goes into fashion business, Jan 15)? Why provide free advertising and publicity for a suspect in a corruption case. Is the article newsworthy?
DARREN CHAN KENG LEONG
THE Sunday Times article (Cat Island that needs to lose that lovin’ feline, Jan 19) piqued my interest. By covering the story, would there be negative consequences for the cats that live on the island? The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is spearheading the project and has been there about a dozen times. By publicising the place, owners of cats may choose to conveniently abandon their unwanted cats on the island. This will lead to an additional increase in population of the strays living on the island. Another fear is that breeders may exploit unsterilised cats on the island to breed kittens for sale to Singaporeans. This will create a health hazard for the cats and increase the number of abandoned pets. The publicity will hamper SPCA’s efforts in sterilising the number of cats and as there is the lack of CCTVs to monitor the situation. Preventive measures are not in place to stop anyone from abandoning their pet there. As the island is easily accessible, providing specific details may encourage the attitude of using the island as a dumping ground for unwanted cats.
FOREIGN editor Ravi Velloor's essay on missing Malaysian Airlines plane MH370 (“Four weeks on, still no dawn’’; April 5) shows why he is one of the better writers in The Straits Times, says ST reader KAI-TAMIN GOH. She7compliments the essay for its sensitive writing and balanced view.