29/05/2023 07:02 PM

KUCHING, May 29 (Bernama) -- Sarawak is prepared to be the host of the National Journalists’ Day (HAWANA) 2024 celebration, said Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg. 

He said the state government would help by extending funds to journalists’ associations in Sarawak to organise HAWANA. 

“If (Communications and Digital Minister) Fahmi Fadzil agrees, we (Sarawak) can be the host for next year’s HAWANA. The organising of HAWANA here will give a positive impact to journalism in Sarawak,” he said at a tea reception held in conjunction with the Sarawak-level HAWANA 2023 here today.

On Saturday, Fahmi said his ministry was considering to stage the HAWANA celebration in various parts of the country including Sabah and Sarawak so that all media practitioners could be involved.

On efforts to develop the media industry in the state, Abang Johari said Sarawak would organise an international-level media conference in the future.

“This conference will examine ways to enhance the quality of reporting and the kind of cooperation that can be established with universities in the field of journalism,” he said.

He said the recruitment of journalists from various backgrounds like finance and banking, economics and science can boost the quality of news reports.