PM: Media welcomed to criticise govt, no need to self-censor

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Media in the country must have total freedom, said Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who welcomed members of the press to continue being critical of his administration.

In his speech at the National Journalists’ Day (Hawana) 2023 celebration, the prime minister told media practitioners they should not feel the need for self-censorship when it comes to criticising the government.

Anwar said he also does not want the press to continue the old practice of worshipping those in power while denying the opposition the right to express themselves.

“Criticism against the prime minister or leaders is necessary, and leaders should not be alarmed or have fear (of media criticising them).

“I am saying this now because I am confident with what we are doing, and I am ready to fight with facts. And if indeed there are shortcomings on our side, then we are ready to apologise and make the necessary changes.

“Thus, my journalist friends who are here today, you should accept this fact. Do not feel that you need to do self-censorship. Because, if we want to invigorate freedom and democracy, then we should respect (freedom of the press),” he said. – Malaysiakini