Media urged to stand against fake news, uphold journalism ethics

Dr Ting (standing centre, red shirt), with Ling (standing centre, long-sleeved white shirt) on his right, in a photo call with the local media boys at the DAP-Pakatan Harapan Chinese New Year gathering yesterday (Jan 30, 2019).

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Jan 31: Emphasising that fake news can affect the future of Sarawak, Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon urged journalists to always honour the core values of their profession.

“We need both traditional and new media to disperse fake news, particularly during election time.

“So, honour the core values of accuracy in journalism, such as fact checks and investigate properly before publication,” he said during a DAP-Pakatan Harapan Chinese New Year gathering here last night.

Dr Ting told those present that ever since the change of government in May last night, the media landscape had also changed.

He believed that the dissemination of fake news or information were expressly intended to misinform or mislead the public.

But he observed that the local press boys here had done a wonderful job with their reporting, thus far.

Also present at the gathering were Senator Alan Ling, Northern Sarawak Journalists Association (NSJA) president Andy Jong and about 20 members of the association. — DayakDaily