Assistant Professor Gayathry Venkiteswaran from the School of Media, Languages and Cultures was recently named as member of the pro-tem committee on the formation of a media council for Malaysia. She brings to the committee her expertise on media reforms and press freedom advocacy in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. The membership to the committee was announced by the Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind Singh Deo, after a meeting with representatives of media and civil society on 16 January 2020.
The pro-tem committee has two months to address five issues, including the proposed media council's function and mandate, its constitution, membership and the code of ethics. When it is set up, the council, which will act as a self-regulating body for the media industry, will also be empowered to act on public complaints against the media. In addition, the pro-tem committee will be conducting consultations with various stakeholders and is also expected to examine existing media laws on whether they should be abolished or amended when the council is set up.
The proposal for a media council has been discussed for many years, and since the last general elections, the media and civil society has worked on concrete ideas towards its establishment in a bid to create a more free, independent and ethical media industry.
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Posted on 21st January 2020