Ministry to look into copyright protection of journalistic work

The Communications and Digital Ministry hopes to identify the constraints and challenges faced by the media when carrying out their duties through further engagement at the state level. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, May 28, 2023.

THE Communications and Digital Ministry will address the issue of protecting the work of media practitioners as well the group’s welfare, its minister Fahmi Fadzil said.

He said in the era of rapid technological progress, many works produced by the media, including photos, articles and content on social media, were used arbitrarily without permission.

“I received complaints that journalists’ hard work are being misused and some photos had watermarks removed. So there is a need to discuss with social media platform providers to curb this issue,” he said at the Perak Association of Media Practitioners (PPMP) open house in Ipoh today.

Also present were Deputy Communications and Digital Minister Teo Nie Ching and PPMP president Sayed Hesham Syed Idris.

Meanwhile, Fahmi said the welfare issues of media practitioners, such as the proposed Socso and EPF contributions, would be discussed with media organisations and the relevant parties.

He said matters related to internet connectivity and workspace for media members would also be discussed with the state governments, media clubs and agencies involved.

“I hope that through engagement with media clubs in every state, we will be able to gather more input to identify the constraints and challenges faced by the media when carrying out their duties,” he said.

At today’s event, Fahmi also announced a RM10,000 contribution to PPMP to upgrade facilities at the association’s clubhouse.

“Besides providing a workspace, I hope Rumah Media Perak can occasionally become a gathering point or centre for activities.

“I also hope we can gather all complaints, suggestions and views to be submitted to the state government so that we can foster a healthy working relationship and ultimately benefit the people of Perak,” he said.

Earlier, Fahmi and Teo spent almost an hour mingling with Perak media. – Bernama, May 28, 2023.

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