Salleh optimistic over the new code of ethics for journalists

KOTA KINABALU: Former Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak expressed his optimism regarding the new code of ethics for journalists, emphasising the importance of achieving a balance between the public interest and press freedom.


In light of the increasing prevalence of new media platforms advocating for press freedom, Salleh highlighted the significance of this code in combating the dissemination of false information and the spread of fake news.

He stressed the necessity of a comprehensive framework to guide media professionals in upholding the professionalism and integrity of the media, positioning it as a trustworthy source of news and information for the public.

Salleh underscored that while press freedom is a cornerstone of democracy, it is essential to recognise the accompanying responsibility, particularly within the realm of media.

He emphasised the critical need for a robust code of ethics for journalists and media professionals, likening the absence of such guidelines to navigating a plane without radar, resulting in aimless direction.

Despite his support for the new code, the former Sabah chief minister cautioned against a narrow interpretation of media ethics that could impede investigative reporting and deter discussions on sensitive subjects that authorities may find uncomfortable.

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