The coverage of BERSIH 3.0 on the mainstream media has been as expected, ludicrously one-sided. Every 10 minutes of the local news channels will be devoted to a “BERSIH SUCKS!” segment transitioning into “LOSS OF BUSINESS FOR ONE DAY DISASTROUS SO DISASTROUS” before seguing into “BN IS THE BEST” news with the occasional “GUY COMMITS SEDITION AND GROUP REPORTS HIM TO THE POLICE” to cap out the national news segment.
I am not the most objective commenter, although I try really hard to be objective in all matters, hence my admission that BERSIH 3.0 in Dataran Merdeka did descend into chaos.
Particular disdain needs to be given to the hooligans who trashed a police car and introduced a buffet of fists and kicks to a guy who was at the scene.
Despite such obvious failings in a subset of the BERSIH participants there, what cannot be denied as being over-the-top would be the use of tear gas and water cannons on the participants, most of whom appeared to be not doing anything like destruction of property, and for all reasons and purposes appeared to be on their way home.
What cannot also be denied is that proceedings could have proceeded smoothly if Dataran Merdeka was not held under guard as if it was the centre of a nuclear warhead bunker. This was a march of protest, and it was extraordinary that up until the breach in the barrier, no attempt was made to break formation and tear down that wall of wire and plastic.
The ruling government probably suspects that airing contrary pictures would degrade their position, and hence the current report that international media are also being selectively censored.
Sarawak Report is currently following up on these censorships, and as of time of writing, have elicited a response from the BBC that some form of legal action will be taken regarding the censorship.
It is a wonderful thing, the freedom of information afforded to us via the Internet.