Media practitioners in Miri lauded for role in disseminating facts during Covid-19 pandemic

Lee (seated third left) with Yii (on Lee's left), Ting (seated third right) and others during the MCC media night yesterday (Jan 23, 2022).

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Jan 24: Media practitioners in Miri have been applauded for their role as responsible disseminators of factual news and for correcting fake news, thus helping to build the public’s trust.

In stating this yesterday during Miri City Council (MCC)’s media night held at a hotel here, Minister of Transport Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin said despite the widespread presence of digital media on social online platforms, the mainstream media is still crucial.

“We need to have a positive, constructive and responsible media reporting culture for the betterment of our society,” he pointed out.

Hence, he reminded media practitioners to continue to uphold good journalism ethics.

Citing the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak, particularly in Miri, Lee said, over the recent period of two years combating the disease, local media have played a very crucial role by disseminating factual information to help the public understand the situation.

“They have been giving responsible reporting, fact-checking reports on the Covid-19 situation… thank you for your support,” Lee said.

He added, fact-checking reports not only provided credible sources of information but also helped the government and local authorities to resolve problems or matters which necessitated explanation to the rakyat.

“What we need is problem solvers and not problem creators,” Lee pointed out.

Meanwhile, Lee advised members of the public in Miri to direct their doubts or problems which require a response from the council through proper channels provided to enable them (the council) to help resolve them in a courteous and diplomatic manner.

Also present at MCC’s media night were Assistant Minister I of Tourism, Creative Indistry and Performing Arts Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew, Miri Mayor-cum-Pujut assemblyman Adam Yii Siew Sang, his deputy Julaihi Mohamad, event organising chairman Cr Bhagwan Singh, Northern Sarawak Journalists Association (NSJA) president Andy Jong Wan Joon and some 20 local media practitioners. — DayakDaily