KOTA KINABALU: All media practitioners in Malaysia, particularly Sabah, should not allow any leeway for news stories based on mere allegations or made up of lopsided information or half-truths.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said journalist’s report should based on solid facts and not pure speculation as this would paint the wrong picture and cause unnecessary concern or even panic.
“At a time when information, albeit true or false, is available at the press of a finger, the media now has more responsibility to ensure their reports are accurate,” he said at the Kinabalu Shell Press Awards here tonight.
Musa said journalists have a constructive role to play in society by not only reporting news and provide information to the public, but also act as an important intermediary between the government and the people.
He said the media influenced people’s way of thinking, besides having the power to change the social and political landscape of a nation.
“This tool should be used wisely and for the betterment of society. Using it in a different direction and in an irresponsible manner could spell disaster,” he added.
The chief minister also presented the six main awards to the winners of the 23rd Kinabalu Shell Press Awards. – BERNAMA