MCMC responds to senior journalists’ statement that it is playing ‘Big Brother’; says it is entrusted to uphold CMA 1998


MCMC goes on to say that it has taken the initiative to hold dialogues and meetings with news outlets so as to address unresolved concerns and issues. — MCMC

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has responded to criticism from senior journalists that it is “injudiciously blocking media online content”, reiterating that the commission plays a “crucial role in regulating the communications and multimedia industry in Malaysia”.

In a statement issued today (Aug 29), MCMC states that under the provisions of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA 1998), one of its primary legal obligations is to ensure that “online platforms are not used for the purpose of committing the commission or attempted commission of any offence under the written laws of Malaysia”.

It elaborates that this includes taking action to address issues such as the spread of false information, offensive content, and defamation.

“In recent times, there has been an alarming increase in news reporting that lacks responsibility, sensibility, and accuracy,” MCMC stated.

It added that some of the news outlets have been found to be irresponsible for spreading misleading information or intentionally publishing inaccurate content.

“The rise of converged media, where user-generated content gains traction and ethical reporting takes a back seat, has accentuated this problem.

“With the vast amount of information available online, it becomes challenging to distinguish between fact and fiction.

“This poses a significant threat to societal harmony, as misleading information can be easily propagated and false narratives can be created,” it wrote.

The commission goes on to say that it has taken the initiative to hold dialogues and meetings with news outlets so as to address unresolved concerns and issues.

It also adds that it will continue upholding its regulatory duty to ensure the “integrity of information and maintain societal harmony”.

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