Media has a role in helping ex-convicts


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 15 Jun 2003

KAJANG: The mass media can help educate the public in accepting released convicts back into society, said Prisons director-general Datuk Mustafa Osman. 

He said positive reporting could help in the department's rehabilitation of a convict after he or she had served the sentence. 

“We realised that any information fed to the public through the media has an impact and implication,” he said at the Prisons Department and Media Family Day at the Kajang Sports Complex here yesterday. 

Mustafa said it was the public's assumption that whatever information they obtained was based on facts on what had transpired. 

“As the media is the bridge between the department and the public, it should create awareness and educate society on how difficult life would be if an individual was caught for criminal activities,” he said.  

Mustafa said the media had helped the department in many ways in the past and they included airing interviews with the convicts, wardens and prison officers. 

Articles on activities and programmes by the prisons which were published in newspapers and magazines had also been effective.  

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