KUCHING: The media has a responsibility to report all instances of corruption, injustice and other wrongdoings in society, says Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem (pic).
"We cannot stand by and do nothing in the face of injustice and wrongdoing," he told media personnel at the Kenyalang Journalism Awards organised by the Federation of Sarawak Journalists Associations here on Friday night.
He said such issues could not be ignored or they would not be solved.
"Once people read about cruelty and injustice in the newspapers, they will realise how unjust some people can be and perhaps it is a reflection on themselves for doing nothing," he said.
Adenan told the media not to be "in a state of denial" over corruption, saying they had a duty to report it so that the public would be informed of what was going on.
"Years ago, people used to say corruption in Malaysia was tolerable, not like our neighbours which was openly corrupt. But now, you know we have underestimated the situation," he said.
Adenan said media coverage of these issues had proved effective as people were now more careful about their actions.
"Now, even politicians are careful of what they say in public," he said.
He also said the media should practice fair and impartial reporting.
"Don't accuse people without any proof," he said, adding that the media should not pass on personal opinion as fact to their readers.
He also said the press had to highlight environmental issues in order to increase awareness on the importance of preserving nature.
"We must raise public consciousness so that we can leave future generations an environment that is pristine and intact.
"I hope the media will continue to expose the beauty of our environment and the ugliness caused by human beings," he said.
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