Football journo's accreditation card retracted for being 'overly critical'
The letter, signed by FMLLP chief executive officer Kevin Ramalingam, stated:
"We are open to criticism by the public, however, it has been brought to FMLLP's attention that you have been overly critical of the Malaysian League and have made misleading statements and or shared misleading statements made by third parties. This is very damaging to the image of the League and the brand that we are trying to build."
It remains unclear which articles written by Vijhay are said to be "overly critical" of the Malaysian League.
Vijhay, in responding to the letter he received last night, said:
"I was shocked (to receive the letter). I would like to know which articles of mine that are overly critical of the league."
It is best if FMLLP explained its definition of being "overly critical".
While the body has every right to award or terminate accreditation cards, in the spirit of fair play, it should single out the articles in question for the benefit of other media practitioners.
FMLLP should engage with members of the Press at all times. And if FMLLP feels facts have been distorted, the body is able to seek legal recourse - if all else fails.
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