KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 — Journalists are among the unsung heroes at a time when the nation and the world have been ravaged by Covid-19 by channelling pandemic-related information to the masses, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.
He said journalists were willing to go through danger, including risking their lives against threats posed by the coronavirus, to carry out their duties.
The prime minister said journalists go through these situations to ensure those who were confined to their homes during the movement control order (MCO) had access to information and were able to follow current developments.
“Without journalists, it would be impossible for news and important information to be quickly and widely channelled, and this also includes the Covid-19 media conferences held almost daily.
“As journalists have contributed greatly to the nation, I am taking this opportunity to record my highest appreciation to all journalists who are on the frontline during this pandemic. Congratulations and thank you!” Ismail Sabri said in his speech at the Malaysian Journalists Night 2021 awards presentation here today.
The prime minister said journalists not only reported breaking and important news on politics, accidents, disasters, tragedies, sports or entertainment, but were also capable of becoming the eyes and ears in helping the continuity and success of the government’s development plans for the people.
“Your criticism can be constructive and justified to help the government deliver the best services to the people, in line with the Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian Family) concept of inclusivity, common ground and contentment.
“What’s certain is that a free and open media, as well as one that is responsible, acts as a check and balance mechanism, which forms the basis of Keluarga Malaysia. The role of the media must always be strengthened,” he said.
Ismail Sabri also hoped that the bond of understanding between the government and the media would continue to flourish.
Meanwhile, the prime minister said he was aware of the current challenges faced by media companies and practitioners with the emergence of new communication technologies. — Bernama