PUTRAJAYA, April 22 — The government has given assurance that it will continue to provide the widest possible access for the media to report news in line with the existing provisions under the Federal Constitution.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the Malaysian government is always committed to supporting and upholding freedom of the press.

“The government’s stance is clear and we recognise the important role of media practitioners in carrying out their functions and fulfilling their responsibilities,” he said in a statement today.

He said the Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) took note of the 2021 World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders on April 17, where Malaysia ranked 119th.

Saifuddin said efforts to prevent the spread of false information did not mean restricting press freedom. — Bernama


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