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Press Should Be Critical: Malaysia September 17, 2007

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Convergence, Journalism, News.
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It is rare here in Asia for a government official to advocate a critical voice for the press. But that’s what Malaysia’s Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop did at the Malaysian Newspaper Publishers’ Association Forum 2007. Speaking at the weekend in Kuala Lumpur, he said newspapers must embrace digital media instead of ignoring it.

There is no issue of newspapers being critical. If (newspapers) are just reading lips, then newspapers are no longer useful. Newspapers provide an important forum for the government to know what is happening and the critical press is useful provided their objective is in creating a common sense of value and creating a better, more united Malaysia.

NOR MOHAMED Second Finance Minister, Malaysia.

Nor Mohamed told publishers they must embrace, not ignore, digital opportunities. With the advent of new technology and the birth of a new digital generation, the print media environment is not what it used to be, and the situation needs to be addressed, he said.

The print media is facing challenges from broadcast, online and other digital media. The emergence of digital media is crucial for the newspaper industry to reinvent itself and stay ahead by enhancing technology and addressing readers’ preference. All the right words indeed.

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