Position of Malaysia in the Media Freedom Index still good – Fahmi

Position of Malaysia in the Media Freedom Index still good – Fahmi

GEORGE TOWN: Malaysia’s current position in the Media Freedom Index is still considered good compared to the previous government’s administration, said Communication Minister Fahmi Fadzil. He said although Malaysia is ranked 107th according to the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) World Press Freedom Index 2024 released last night, the position is not that bad.

“If we’re at 107th place (in the Media Freedom Index), it’s still an unsatisfactory achievement for me, but it’s also not too bad. In 2021, we were at 119th place, while in 2022 at 113th place.

“However, the current position is still good compared to the previous administration,” he told reporters after visiting the Ministry of Communication’s booth in conjunction with the 2024 Northern Zone Madani Program at the Sungai Nibong Festival Site here today. Fahmi commented on the Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index 2024, which showed Malaysia’s position in the index dropping 34 spots to 107th place compared to 73rd last year, with a score of 52.07 points.

Commenting on media freedom improvement strategies, Fahmi said he and RSF agreed to hold a series of meetings and discussions to address fake news or the spread of misinformation in the country.

“They (RSF) have committed to this. So, God willing, in a not-too-distant future, we will hold follow-up meetings. I accept the report (RSF) with an open heart.

“Much needs to be examined because not everything aligns with our Eastern values or customs practiced in Malaysia, but we will examine the implementation of improvements (in media freedom) that we want to see and practice in Malaysia,” he said.

Fahmi, who is also the spokesperson for the Unity Government, reiterated that the government would not compromise with any party that abuses the concept of media freedom by touching on the issues of race, religion, and royalty (3R) besides spreading slander and fake news. He said this was because there were some parties intentionally playing up 3R issues after the formation of the Unity Government.

“Several websites have been taken action against, and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has also announced that they are indeed spreading fake news and playing up 3R issues,” he said.

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