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‘The people should own media firms’


BANGI: The government is looking into ownership of media companies by trustees or cooperativ­es to counter political influence on news reporting.

Veteran journalist Datuk A. Kadir Jasin, who is special adviser to the prime minister on media and communicat­ions, said this was to cut down on the influence on companies via government-linked companies.

“Back then (before the 14th General Election), the issue was Umno’s influence on the media. Now (the government is looking into) cooperativ­es or trustees (owning media company shares) so that political parties or GLCs do not own media companies.

“This needs assistance from the stakeholde­rs. Instead of media being owned by political parties, it should be owned by the people.”

He said this in a speech at the 2018 National Media Forum: Realising Pakatan Harapan Era Media Freedom at Universiti Tenaga Nasional here.

Present were Utusan Malaysia a ssistant chief editor 1 Datuk Mohd Zaini Hassan, Malay Mail managing editor Leslie Lau, Malaysiaki­ni founder Premesh Chandran and Sinar Harian editorial executive adviser Datuk Abd Jalil Ali.

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Datuk A. Kadir Jasin

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