Workshop attracts 10 journalists

CJA Sarawak Branch chairman Alice Wee Siok Lian (seated, 2nd right), Dr Venkat Iyer (standing, centre) posing for a group photo with the workshop participants and representatives from AZAM Sarawak and Sarawak Energy during the closing ceremony.

KUCHING: Ten journalists attended a workshop titled ‘Ethical and Legal Challenges for Journalists in the Age of Social Media’ organised by Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (AZAM Sarawak) and the Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) Sarawak Branch in collaboration with Sarawak Energy at Pullman Hotel here, yesterday.

The one-day workshop focused on updating media practitioners on ethical and legal challenges in the digital age as well as to contribute to the general enhancement of professionalism among media practitioners and those in the related fields.

During the closing ceremony, CJA Sarawak Branch chairman Alice Wee Siok Lian said there was a need for traditional media practitioners to embrace social media.

“We as the traditional or mainstream media have to embrace it whether we like it or not as it is here to stay for a very long time.

“At the same time, we have to preserve our credibility when posting on social media, while at the same time keeping in mind the ethical and legal side of it,” she said.

The workshop was conducted by Dr Venkat Iyer who is a barrister and media consultant with the University of Ulster’s School of Law where he teaches constitutional, media, and business law.

In addition to that, he also runs training courses on media law and ethics for newspaper and media organisations around the world.