THE media plays an important role in shaping a positive mindset among the masses, said Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi.
He said if the press published unverified reports with their accuracy in question, then both the police force and the nation would have to face the consequences.
“I hope journalists will adhere strongly to their work ethics and principles.
“More often than not, the media is not only writing news. Journalists are the key to shaping the nation’s policy,” he said during the Police Media Nite held in conjunction with the 207th Police Day celebration at the state police contingent headquarters.
Also present were Penang deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk A. Thaiveegan, Penang Special Branch chief Senior Asst Comm Cheong Koon Kock, Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah and Penang Crime Prevention Foundation chairman Datuk Syed Jaafar Syed Ali.
More than 100 pressmen, police officers and policemen turned up for the event on Wednesday, which also saw media organisations being given certificates of appreciation for their fair and accurate reports.
The Star senior regional manager (operations) David Yeoh received the certificate on behalf of the Star Media Group. Also present was The Star news editor (regional) K. Suthakar.