Press told to ‘be fair and re­spon­si­ble’

New Straits Times - - Sport -

EX­PECT­ING ten­sion be­tween com­pet­ing na­tions to run high dur­ing the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games, Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din has ap­pealed to lo­cal me­dia to keep their re­port­ing fair and re­spon­si­ble.

Speak­ing at the launch of the Sea Games’ main press cen­tre (MPC) and in­ter­na­tional broad­cast cen­tre (IBC) in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day, Khairy said he un­der­stands the need to at­tract read­ers in a crowded field.

“In this in­for­ma­tion era, every­thing has to be churned out quickly. There are also those who be­lieve that news must not only be pro­duced swiftly and ac­cu­rately but must also be dif­fer­ent from oth­ers to at­tract read­ers,” said Khairy.

“There is some truth to this, How­ever, I would like to re­mind that we are host­ing and what­ever we re­lay through our me­dia chan­nels needs to be fair, ac­cu­rate and re­spon­si­ble.

“The pas­sion and ten­sion (be­tween coun­tries) will run high dur­ing the Sea Games and the last thing we need is sen­sa­tional news or even worse, fake news.”

The Kuala Lumpur Sea Games will fea­ture three times as many me­dia per­son­nel com­pared to th e Sin­ga­pore edi­tion two years ago and is the high­est in the his­tory of the Games.

A to­tal of 2,933 print jour­nal­ists, broad­cast jour­nal­ists, pho­tog­ra­phers, cam­era­men and broad­cast­ing crew will be cover­ing the Games.

A to­tal of 744 work sta­tions are pro­vided at the 35,000sq ft MPC and IBC at the Malaysia In­ter­na­tional Trade and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre. Fadhli Ishak

PIC BY LUQMAN HAKIM ZU­BIR

Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din and Prime­works Sports Divi­sion head of pro­duc­tion Abu Bakar Atan (left) at the launch of the Sea Games main me­dia cen­tre at MITEC yes­ter­day.

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