Thursday, June 28, 2007

WE ARE NOT FOR SALE


You may all recall the newly announced mobile service that both the Times of Oman & Al Shabiba had delivered to the public some time ago before the cyclone ever hit our beloved Sultanate of Oman.

It goes by the name: Khabar.

So far, nothing's new in this piece of news up until here.

But here's where it gets very wrong and distasteful: I saw an advertisement in the local newspaper today about them doing a promotion for customers to download Gonu disaster pictures after the cyclone had hit them and for a price, too.

Let alone that I know that they couldn't have acquired the rights to sell these MMS pictures to anyone through any means of communication possible to mankind on this Earth; but they are selling off disaster pictures of how Gonu's rains affected us.

We were at the mercy of God, and nature's fury. We were thrown to our knees asking for forgiveness because we did not know what we did or did not do to have this calamity coming our way. And now, some corporate has decided to take the subject lightly by offering pictures of our misery, pictures of how we fell to the ground with a large thump because it needs to make a business?

I think we all agree that what this service provider is doing is awfully wrong.

And I ask that everyone send a letter of complaint to the TRA and tell them of this incident and send a letter of complaint to the head of this company to explain to them the nature of their wrong-doing.

We need to tell them that: WE ARE NOT FOR SALE.

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NB: It seems that the 'contact us' feature on the service provider's website has been disabled for one reason or another. If anyone should know who to contact in that company, then please do so immediately.

9 comments:

exception said...

I'm not impressed with Times of Oman for this...

Twister said...

This does not leave me overly impressed with Times of Oman...it's not what is expected considering the nature of the pictures...I hope the TRA and the ministry takes notice...

Per Your Request said...

Sometime I wonder how horrible ideas see the light of day.
At the same time I wonder if any have been purchased.

Sleepless In Muscat said...

Exception, Twister, Per Your Request:

Do you think I should I continue with the Times of Oman after the horrendous misuse of the Gonu aftermath pictures as MMS for their their service providing company?

Twister said...
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Twister said...

Apologies for the doubling up, but "exception" was actually my account which somehow malfunctioned and did not show my name

Discontinuing Times of Oman wont help a great deal...it's the act of selling the pictures that's wrong...and this should be noticed by the ministry and/or TRA so that others may not follow the same lead and try to make into a business opportunity what is sheer misery to others...

The Times of Oman website seems to be down since quite a while...if it were still up and running, I would have given some taste of vitriol to the people responsible...commercializing the misery of others is highly unethical in my view...

P.S. Tribune is not a bad newspaper either...

Sleepless In Muscat said...

Twister:

No problems.

I guess you're right when it comes to differentiating between what is related to commercialization and just getting your job done.

By the way, the online editor's email is: online@timesofoman.com

Twister said...

Thanks for the email address...I'll compose a nice little drubbing for them and send it to them...

Twister said...

i have sent them an email....yet to get any response...