Media freedom among commitments of unity govt, says Fahmi

KUALA LUMPUR: Freedom of the media is among the undertakings of the unity government in ensuring there is an effective check and balance process of the administration, says Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil.

He said the setting up of the Malaysian Media Council could be one of the means to achieve that goal.

“As the minister, I myself am open to this (setting up of Malaysian Media Council) but of course, it needs the approval of the Cabinet.

“Give it a little time, we will look into it,” he said after attending a briefing during his visit to the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) here on Thursday (Dec 8).

Communications and Digital Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek, and members of Bernama’s management, including its chairman, Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Radzi and chief executive officer Roslan Ariffin, were also present.

Fahmi also said he would get additional information on Budget 2023 for the ministry, which is expected to be tabled at the end of the first quarter of next year. – Bernama