KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is set to deliver a keynote address at the National Journalists’ Day (Hawana) celebration in Ipoh, Perak, on Sunday (May 28). During his speech, several significant announcements regarding the direction of Malaysia’s media industry are expected to be made, according to Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil. Fahmi emphasized that the government has been engaged in ongoing discussions regarding the media industry’s trajectory, which currently faces various pressures.

These pressures include economic challenges and technological advancements that are reshaping the landscape of newspaper publishing. Economic pressure and technological developments have had an impact on the sustainability of the media industry and the welfare of media practitioners. The government is committed to addressing these aspects,” stated Fahmi during a press conference held after unveiling the logo and theme for National Day and Malaysia Day 2023 at Esplanade, KLCC Park, on Saturday (May 27).

Fahmi further revealed that the establishment of the Malaysian Media Council is expected to be among the topics touched upon during the Hawana celebration. The government recognizes the importance of addressing issues related to media regulations and the welfare of journalists. The three-day Hawana 2023 celebration, themed ‘Media Bebas, Tunjang Demokrasi’ (Free Media, Pillar of Democracy), aims to reaffirm the importance of media freedom for journalists to carry out their duties effectively.

The event commenced on Saturday, and the highlight is scheduled for Sunday, where the Prime Minister will grace the occasion. May 29 holds significance as it was designated National Journalists’ Day to commemorate the first edition of the Malay newspaper, Utusan Melayu, published on May 29, 1939. The government’s involvement in Hawana reflects its commitment to fostering a conducive environment for the media industry in Malaysia.

By addressing the challenges faced by media practitioners and outlining the industry’s direction, the Prime Minister’s keynote speech is anticipated to provide valuable insights and pave the way for future developments in the media landscape.

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