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KUCHING: The Federation of Sarawak Journalists Associations (FSJA) wants the authorities, non-governmental organisations, political parties and individuals to respect journalists who are discharging their professional duties, its newly-elected president Sulok Tawie said today.
He said FSJA wanted journalists, especially in Sarawak, to respect the laws of the country besides being very much aware of avoiding writing on sensitive issues, which, if published, could spark racial or religious disharmony or strife.
"We consider any attempt to prevent them from discharging their duties, by whatever means, as a show of disrespect. We do not expect them to be beaten up nor verbally assaulted when they are on their assignments in the field," he said in a statement here in conjunction with World Press Freedom Day.
He said the journalists should be given some space in discharging their duties, in the interest of the public and if needs be, to be assisted by providing them with information that they sought for a full and comprehensive reports.
"We abhor any attempt to prevent them or to issue threats when they are seeking information or possessing information that may not be favourable to the authorities or parties or individuals," he said, adding the proposed media council could act as a governing body for all journalists in the country. - Bernama