KUALA LUMPUR: The National Journalist Day (Hawana) should be made an annual national event in recognition of the role played by media practitioners in the country.
Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) general manager Datuk Zulkefli Salleh said this was to appreciate the efforts of journalists who were involved in shaping the country’s development and roadmap.
“Hopefully, Hawana will be the most important event for the media fraternity every year, just like other professional groups, as journalists also play an important role in developing the nation and strengthening solidarity in the community through ethical journalism.
“In fact, Hawana can also raise the professionalism of journalists who are employed and work full-time to defend the people, and build the nation,” he said.
He said this during his speech in conjunction with the National Journalist Day Discourse at the Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre here, today.
Meanwhile, Zulkefli said he hoped the inaugural Hawana celebration this year would be a catalyst for realising the establishment of the Malaysian Media Council.
He said the establishment of the body had long been championed by the local media fraternity, but yet to come to fruition.
The council is intended to among other things, take action on small cases involving the media in case of any complaints, while the more serious cases would be taken to court. -- Bernama