Media NGOs urge govt to ensure press freedom

PUTRAJAYA: Three media non-governmental organisations have submitted a memorandum calling on the government to continue to ensure freedom of the press.

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), Gerakan Media Merdeka and National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Peninsular Malaysia handed over the memo to Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

NUJ president Farah Marshita Abdul Patah said the memorandum was handed over in conjunction with World Press Freedom Day, which is celebrated on May 3.

“We hope the government promotes press freedom and creates an environment that allows the media to function freely, ” she said when met after the handover here yesterday.

Farah Marshita said among the proposals put forward in the memorandum were the establishment of the Dana Daya Tahan Media (media resilience fund) and Malaysian Media Council, and speeding up access for media practitioners to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

The memorandum was handed over to Syed Khairil Imran Said Halim, who is special officer to the ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek.

When contacted, Syed Khairil said the memorandum would be handed over to the secretary-general who would then hand it over to Saifuddin. — Bernama

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