By Datuk Dr. A. Murad Merican

The New Straits Times-Jun 10

A press council can be by any other name. The debate on press freedom and regulation in Malaysia resurfaced in a different light over the past month. We will see a change in the landscape of Malaysia’s system of expression. Both society and government call for a re-examination of the role of the media. There is a demand for good journalism.

Sentiments from the fraternity have not varied over the years. Much of it, echoing senior journalists and editors over the years who have responded to the idea of setting up a press council as “not in our lifetime”. There was a tinge of cynicism expressed by way of seeing the council as another layer of “control” bearing in mind the various legislation governing media and the work of journalists. On top of the list are the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 and Anti-Fake News Act 2018.

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First published in: The New Straits Times