Proposal on press council condemned to cobwebs

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  • Monday, 10 May 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: The Information Ministry has decided not to act on a proposal to form the National Press Council due to lukewarm response from media practitioners. 

“We have not received any positive response to the idea from the media practitioners, mainly editors and journalists.”  

“As such, we are not going to act on it,” its Deputy Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin said yesterday. 

He said the ministry had received a working paper on the proposal to set up a Press Council from the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) sometime ago but “we have not forwarded the proposal to the Cabinet because the media fraternity doesn’t seem to be interested.” 

“The thick working paper submitted by MPI took more than a year to complete.  

“It has suggestions on how the Malaysian media should operate.  

“But unfortunately, the concerted effort would go to waste due to the poor response,” Zainuddin said. 

He said even from the onset, when the suggestion was mooted a few years ago, the National Union of Journalists was against the idea of regulating the local media. 

The Press Council was supposed to consist of former judges, representatives of non-governmental organisations, government officials, past and present media practitioners among others. 

It was to provide an avenue for the public to lodge complaints against media reporting and its practitioners, instead of dragging journalists to the court. – Bernama 

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