PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has praised the media fraternity.
He said they were among the best he had ever worked and interacted with in conjunction with World Press Freedom Day on Sunday (May 3).
"The media fraternity are among the best that I have worked and interacted with.
"I would like to thank all members of the press for contributing towards a better world.
"Keep up the good work!" Dr Mahathir said on his Facebook post on Sunday.
He also shared a 90-second video of his experience with the media during his tenure as prime minister in the Pakatan Harapan administration.
This year's World Press Freedom Day is themed journalism without fear or favour.
On Friday (May 1), Malaysia jumped 22 places in the latest World Press Freedom Index.
Malaysia is ranked 123rd in the world out of 180 countries, and is placed first in South-East Asia.
The latest index, released on April 18, is compiled by the Paris-based organisation Reporters without Borders (RSF) and ranks countries according to the level of freedom available to journalists.