Kebiadapan pemimpin DAP itu telah dibidas oleh oleh NUJ dan menuntut agar kepimpinan DAP yang lain supaya mengambil tindakan tegas terhadap Hew Kuan Yau.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 (Bernama) -- The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is disappointed with DAP election publicity chief Hew Kuan Yau for making a sweeping statement that journalists were "prostitutes".
NUJ general secretary V. Anbalagan said the union was equally appalled by DAP disciplinary committee chairman Tan Kok Wai's stand for giving tacit support, saying that Hew was merely stating a fact.
He said Hew's statement had tarnished the image of journalists working in the print, electronic and on-line media.
"This is unfair as he has cast aspersions on journalists, a special category of people to serve the public and raise issues of public interest," he said in a statement.
An English newspaper Sunday reported that Hew had apologised for the controversy caused by his remarks. Anbalagan said, Hew should have backed the statement with a specific case like, who the person was, and which organisation he/she worked in.
"Hew should have complained to the organisation so that action could be taken, irrespective whether the journalist was an executive, bargainable employee, most of whom are NUJ members, contract employees or stringers.
"We demand that the DAP leadership take action against Hew and Tan as truth or fact must be supported with evidence.
"Anything short, is baseless and unfounded allegation against journalists and the profession," he noted - BERNAMA.