Sunday, August 2, 2009

Malaysian newspapers face challenge from online media

Malaysia's traditional newspapers are facing a serious challenge from online news portals, which are winning a reputation for being fast and more credible than the government-friendly press.

The number of Internet newspapers has mushroomed from one to eight over the past two years, with new titles appearing in Chinese, Malay and English to cater to the multicultural population.

"I don't really trust the newspapers as they are controlled by the government," says engineer Ryan Kong, 30, as he clicks on the website of pioneer portal Malaysiakini to get his daily dose.

"There are the cost and convenience factors, and I can get today's news today rather than wait until tomorrow for the newspaper," he said.

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