The Foreign Correspondents Club of Malaysia (FCCM) hosted on June 12, 2023, a panel discussion over the current Malaysian media landscape, unpacking press freedom issues and challenges faced by the industry today.
Entitled "State of the Media: Freedom Is Not Free", the Monday afternoon dialogue saw the panel involvement of Deputy Communications and Digital Minister Teo Nie Ching, The Edge chief executive officer Datuk Ho Kay Tat as well as Sunway University associate professor Pauline Pooi Yin Leong.
Each panellist was allotted a short speech covering their respective fields in the two-hour dialogue at the SPG by Bijan restaurant in Kuala Lumpur moderated by Hafidzi Razali of BowerGroup Asia.
Teo Nie Ching provided the latest updates on the ministry's efforts as well as the government's plans moving forward in ensuring news content was safeguarded.
Giving a reality check on the news business today, Ho offered food for thought on what stakeholders should ponder over in terms of business models and financing frameworks.
Meanwhile, Leong stressed on the crucial merits of media literacy to ensure Malaysians deepened their appreciation for the rigours and ethics involved in journalism.
The event later expanded into a question-and-answer session, with the panellists fielding questions from FCCM members, as well as foreign-based and local journalists as it came to a close just before 4.30pm.
The event was spearheaded by FCCM vice-president Shannon Teoh and president Patrick Lee, with assistance from Club council members Jonathan Edward and Arthur Lim.