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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim speaking at the breaking fast event with the Klang community in conjunction with the Santuni Ramadan Malaysia Madani programme at Kampung Rantau Panjang Ahmadi Mosque, Klang, on April 19, 2023. — Picture BERNAMA

Journalists have duty to report, spark ideas for nation-building — PM Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 — Journalists and the media fraternity have a duty not only to report authentic news but also to become guides and initiators of ideas in building the nation, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

He said media practitioners should feel free to share their views and give constructive criticisms to the country’s leadership towards better governance.

Scholars as well as journalists should be free to criticise the country’s leadership and have differences of opinion with them.

“I firmly believe a journalist’s job is not just to report but to initiate ideas for the country,” Anwar said in his speech at the 2023 Malaysian Press Night, in conjunction with the MPI-Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards (HKM) 2022, earlier this evening.

The Prime Minister also called on media practitioners to play a role as educators to cultivate people’s interest in reading and acquiring knowledge.

Without a deep interest in reading, the people would not have a proper understanding of issues happening in the country, including matters of policy and governance.

He said the challenge of the hour is to re-elevate Malaysia’s capabilities as a democratic country based on the concept of Malaysia Madani, adding that democratic freedom can only be elevated through ‘fresh’ discourse driven by journalists.

Also present were Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil and his deputy Teo Nie Ching, Malaysia Press Institute (MPI) chief executive officer Datuk Chamil Wariya, and Petronas executive vice president Liza Mustapha.

Meanwhile, Chamil said for the 2022 edition of the MPI awards, 368 entries were submitted compared to 350 in 2021.

He added that Petronas has agreed to sponsor HKM for the next three years which will also include a new category involving radio and television.

— Bernama

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