Press told to ‘be fair and responsible’
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
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.