NST dibidas edit gambar Justo, isteri dan anaknya
Laporan muka depan New Straits Times dengan gambar Xavier Andre Justo lelaki bertato didakwa cubaan mengelirukan imej oleh Sarawak Report. – Foto FMT
Apa yang New Straits Times gagal untuk menunjukkan secara jujur gambar isteri dan bayi lelaki Justo, yang kedua-duanya dalam gambar tersebut telah ditiadakan malah gambar diambil daripada akaun Facebook Justo sendiri.
Malah NST media dikawal kerajaan telah menerangkan dalam laporannya bahawa Justo hidup dengan “gaya hedonistik” di Pulau Koh Samui, destinasi percutian yang popular di Thailand.
Laporan Free Malaysia Today:
KUALA LUMPUR: Photographs of PetroSaudi executive Xavier Justo’s family life published by the Sarawak Report blog show a different picture of the man from the black account carried by the Umno-controlled New Straits Times on Thursday.
The newspaper had published what it called an exclusive report, since widely criticised, of the Swiss national blamed for leaking company correspondence and emails about PetroSaudi International. The company was once a joint venture partner of 1Malaysia Development Bhd which was later dissolved.
The front-page report ran with a photograph of a bare-chested and tattoed Xavier Justo. What the New Straits Times failed to reveal, it appears, was Justo’s wife and baby boy, who were both in the photograph. It had apparently taken from Justo’s Facebook account.
Sarawak Report, however, published the full family photo, in a report under the headline “It’s all lies about Xavier”, and asked in a caption: Why did NST “selectively edit” out Xavier’s wife and family from this picture?”
The report said Mrs Justo and their nine-month-old son had left for a family holiday in Switzerland shortly before Justo was arrested by Thai police based on a complaint by PetroSaudi, in what Sarawak Report said was an orchestrated attempt to defame him.
Sarawak Report also published a photograph of a beach property which the couple had bought, intendeding to run it as a holiday resort.
The NST had described Justo as leading “a hedonistic lifestyle” in Koh Samui island, the popular Thai holiday destination, which the NST called “an exclusive tropical island”. The NST also described him as “living the good life” sharing an eight-bedroom luxury villa with his new, young wife.
It said his social media presence gave a glimpse of “the mansion in paradise, the swimming pool, the tennis courts and the tattoed poses on Harley-Davidson motorcycles”.
However, Sarawak Report showed him training for the gruelling Ironman competition (which involves running, swimming and cycling) and posing with a bicycle. It also published photographs of Justo with his pregnant wife and holding his young son.
It said a “web of lies” had been spun about Justo in order to mislead Malaysian public opinion. – Read more FMT