KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia is committed to facilitating a new model of journalism that would contribute to a community of socially, economically and politically empowered citizens.
Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari said the Malaysian public carried a wide spectrum of views from the traditional, liberal to radical.
“Their views are genuinely held and should not be disparaged, but they should instead be engaged.
“It would be good for the Malaysian press to step out of their respective comfort zones and begin to engage with each other as a first step towards creating the country they would like to see,” he said in his keynote address at ‘Journalism Now’ forum in conjunction with World Press Freedom Day here, today.
Also present was the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
Jailani said in the age of the social media, the press was at risk of being superseded by the likes of Facebook and Google.
“It makes running a multi-cultural, multi-religious country like Malaysia very challenging, because the information we would like to convey is no longer just mediated by the press.
“The message passes through multiple channels before re-emerging in unrecognisable form that is palatable to some, and offensive to others,” he added.
He said the press should quickly regain its collective credibility as a trusted, and popular source of verifiable information. – BERNAMA