FAKE news and inflammatory messages can be spread via cyberspace easily nowadays, said Penang Chinese Town Hall vice-chairman Teh Eng Hin.
He said public education was vital to curb the spreading of fake news as it would bring negative effects to the government and the country.
“As such, the media play a vital role to curtail the spread of fake news in view of the fast-changing media industry landscape in this era.
“Journalists do not only write articles, but also have to take videos and photos before disseminating them on social media platforms.
“Everything has to be fast nowadays,” said Teh in his speech at the 16th Tan Sri Lim Gait Tong Press Awards 2019 ceremony organised by Penang Press Club at The Northam All Suite Hotel in George Town.
Teh was representing Penang Press Club honorary chairman-cum-awards founder Tan Sri Lim Gait Tong at the ceremony.
A total of 10 categories of awards were given out during the ceremony, with Guang Ming Daily emerging the biggest winner by bagging 11 excellence and commendation awards.
Penang Press Club president Wong Soon Eng said the awards ceremony did not take place last year as journalists were busy preparing for the 14th general election.
“I hope that journalists will continue to produce good articles every year.
“We hope there will be more participants next year, especially entries from rookie reporters,” he said.
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