Time for media industry to have code of ethics, says Sarawak Premier

Abang Johari (fourth right) signing a touchscreen as part of a gimmick to launch Sarawak Media Conference 2024 while others look on.

By Christopher Lidom

KUCHING, May 26: It is time to have a code of ethic as a parameter for the media industry, opines Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

According to Abang Johari, the media industry is currently facing challenges with the advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and satellite technology to disseminate information, which can also be misused.


“I think the media industry has to be operated with one global code of ethics in order to make sure that we will use the tool professionally.

“I am glad that Malaysia is looking towards that, and I hope the global media industry under United Nations would also have certain parameters in order to have a code of ethics that is acceptable to all the users,” he said when officiating at Sarawak Media Conference (SMEC) 2024 at Riverside Hotel here today.

Abang Johari said although there is the principle of freedom of speech, but the democratisation process of the principle is still questionable.

He also believed there is no such thing as absolute freedom because there must be a certain code of ethics that is based on each nation’s constitution.

“The same applies, I think, to the global media industry,” he added. — DayakDaily