KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Pakatan Harapan government is pleased to see positive progress in the setting up of the Malaysian Media Council (MMC), says Datuk A. Kadir Jasin.
The Prime Minister's Special Advisor on Media and Communications said the MMC may be able to be set up this year.
"I have been talking to several group of people to encourage them to do this (Media Council) as quickly as possible.
"The new government is coming to one year very soon and there are still many promises yet to be delivered, particularly in the area of reforms, many more laws that we promised we will repeal or amend, are yet to be repealed or amended.
"I have seen at least two pretty good drafts about what MMC should be and those drafts may be discussed here in the next two days.
"I hope some clearer ideas will come out of this conference so that it can be presented to the government," he said in his keynote address at the National Consultation for an MMC 2019, on Monday (March 4).
Commenting further, Kadir said the establishment of MMC is imperative, but the government will not be involved in the process.
"It is imperative because the government wants it, but the government is not going to take the first step... that is not the policy of the new government, we do not want to interfere with the media.
"We want the media to be free but we also want the media to be responsible," said the veteran newsman.
The two-day conference was jointly organised by the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR).
It aims to bring together stakeholders to work out a roadmap for self-regulation for the Malaysian media.
MMC is a self-regulatory body that could set high standards for the media community to help build and maintain trust in the industry and act as an arbitration body between the public and the media in the interests of all Malaysians. - Bernama