Saturday, 2 May 2009

Nothing But The Truth

Saya tidak tahu siapa Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Angela Bassett dan Alan Alda. Namun begitu, judul “Nothing But The Truth” menarik minat dan intelektualiti saya untuk menonton filem berkenaan pada 1 Mei 2009.

Walaupun berdasarkan kejadian sebenar, filem arahan Rod Lurie ini diolah secara bebas untuk memberikan kesan yang amat hebat dalam jiwa penonton yang mengharapkan karya bermutu dan mencabar minda.

Mana-mana individu yang terlibat dalam dunia kewartawanan (media cetak mahupun elektronik) wajar menonton filem ini, serta menilai diri sendiri.

Bagaimanapun, mereka yang hanya menjadi Pak Turut dan “agen kerajaan” tidak perlu membazir masa menonton filem ini. Suatu dialog penuh sindiran juga diselitkan dalam filem ini khusus bagi golongan seperti itu!

Dan bercakap mengenai kerajaan, sambil menonton filem “Nothing But The Truth,” saya sempat mencatatkan petikan dialog berikut yang diucapkan di mahkamah oleh watak Alen Brunside (Alan Alda); kemudian saya melakukan carian di internet untuk dialog lengkap:

“In 1972 in Branzburg v. Hayes this Court ruled against the right of reporters to withhold the names of their sources before a grand jury, and it gave the power to the Government to imprison those reporters who did. It was a 5-4 decision, close. In his descent in Branzburg, Justice Stewart said, 'As the years pass, power of Government becomes more and more pervasive. Those in power,' he said, 'whatever their politics, want only to perpetuate it, and the people are the victims.' Well, the years have passed, and that power is pervasive. Mrs. Armstrong could have buckled to the demands of the Government; she could've abandoned her promise of confidentiality. She could've simply gone home to her family. But to do so, would mean that no source would ever speak to her again, and no source would ever speak to her newspaper again. And then tomorrow when we lock up journalists from other newspapers we'll make those publications irrelevant as well, and thus we'll make the First Amendment irrelevant. And then how will we know if a President has covered up crimes or if an army officer has condoned torture? We as a nation will no longer be able to hold those in power accountable to those whom they have power over; and what then is the nature of Government when it has no fear of accountability? We should shutter at the thought. Imprisoning journalists; that's for other countries, that's for countries who fear their citizens, not countries that cherish and protect them. Some time ago, I began to feel the personal, human pressure on Rachel Armstrong and I told her that I was there to represent her and not her principle. And it was not until I met her that I realized that with great people there's no difference between principle and the person.”

Maklumat lanjut filem ini boleh dibaca DI SINI.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Sila gunakan Bahasa Malaysia atau Bahasa Inggeris yang betul dari segi ejaan, tatabahasa, tanda baca, struktur ayat dan kesantunan berbahasa. Komen tanpa nama tidak akan dilayan. Komen yang tiada kaitan dengan topik tidak akan disiarkan. Pencemaran bahasa diharamkan!