#MYMediaMatters campaign

Chin Sung Chew is a journalist with the Sin Chew Daily and the general secretary of the National Union of Journalists Malaysia (NUJM). As part of the #MYMediaMatters campaign, supported by the European Union, Chin fears there is too much political influence in the media landscape in Malaysia.

Credit: Frédéric Moreau de Bellaing/IFJ

1. What does it mean to be a journalist or media worker in Malaysia?

Being a journalist means to advocate social justice and to help society access information.

2. Do you see Media Freedom in Malaysia moving forward?

It is moving forward, slowly and gradually. Press freedom in Malaysia is very much related to the ruling government’s political will. If the government agreed to abolish the draconian laws against the journalists, then it will help press freedom moving forward.

3. What can we do to be better?

No one, neither the government nor the private sector, should prohibit the media from reporting on any issue or on any event.

4. What can we do to ensure media freedom?

As a professional journalist, we should always uphold the code of ethics all the times, never be compromised by any form of unethical or fake news.  Verifying the facts before release the news is critical. Through upholding media ethics, we gain greater credibility from the readers and the general public.

 

The #MYMediaMatters campaign is part of a multi-year project, Strengthening Malaysia’s Media for Change, supported by the European Union. For details please see the IFJ project page.

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