In anticipation of National Journalist Day in Malaysia, which is scheduled for May 27-29, 2023, the government will reportedly release good news for media practitioners in the country. Fahmi Fadzil, the Minister of Communications and Digital and spokesperson for the Unity Government, made the announcement on his Facebook page today.
Malaysia’s press freedom
The Ministry of Communications and Digital is currently reviewing the draft of the Media Council Bill before presenting it to the Cabinet. Insha-Allah, there will be positive announcements for media practitioners leading up to National Journalist Day. According to Reporters Without Borders, an organization that advocates for media freedom, Malaysia has risen six places to 113th out of 180 countries in the 2022 World Press Freedom Index.
Malaysia has a score of 51.55, the highest in Southeast Asia, surpassing Thailand (115), Indonesia (117), Singapore (139), Cambodia (142), Brunei (144), the Philippines (147), Laos (161), Vietnam (174), and Myanmar (176).
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