KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian government is committed to upholding press freedom by keeping the principles of truth and justice, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said.
The key role of the media is to share accurate information and protect the public from spreading false information that could threaten the country’s stability and harmony, Bernama reported.
“I am proud of Malaysia’s achievement in the Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) world press freedom index, where she soared 22 spots to rank at 101 out of 180 countries.
“We must strive not only to improve the country’s position in the international index, but to place the role of the press in a participatory approach with other stakeholders, namely the government, business and the civil society as development partners,” he said.
Saifuddin wished all media practitioners in Malaysia “A Happy World Press Freedom Day”.
Indeed, Saifuddin expressed his appreciation to media practitioners for being the key pillar in bringing the latest and authentic information to society.
Media is reminded of the responsibility to uphold the principles and ethics in journalism, Saifuddin added.
World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993.
May 3 every year has been celebrated to raise awareness on the importance of press freedom.
‘Journalism without Fear or Favour’ is the theme for this year’s press freedom day.