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Media asked to restrain themselves


January 9, 2008

Media asked to restrain themselves

Malaysian Minister for Information Zainuddin Maidin said Malaysian and Indonesian mass media should restrain themselves and not release news that might damage the relations between the two countries.

He made the statement at a press conference after delivering a speech as the Malaysia - Indonesia dialog between the Malaysian Youth Organization (MBM) and the National Committee of Indonesian Youths (KNPI) in Selangor on Monday.

The two organizations had been holding their three-day dialog since January 6.

Also present at the press conference were MBM President Shamsul Anuar Nasarah, KNPI Secretary General Munawar Fuad, and Interim Indonesian Charge`d`affaires in Malaysia Tatang B Razak.

The minister made the statement after learning that Malaysia`s "Metro Daily" had published a report describing the West Java city of Bandung as a center of vice among factory workers.

He regretted the coverage which according to him was based on commercialism and lack of consideration for the good relations between the two countries.

Zainuddin said the relations between Malaysia and Indonesia should not be damaged by mass media coverage as their peoples had a long history of brotherly relations and were speaking languages of the same root.

He suspected there were parties intending to damage the relations between Malaysia and Indonesia.

Senior Malaysian reporters, he added, would establish a friendship association of Malaysian and Indonesian reporters, and there would also be a reporters` exchange program.

The Malaysian Press Institute , he said, would also learn how to strengthen the press council as one of the mediators in the settlement of disputes between the public and the press.

Courtesy Antara

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