National Journalists Day 2024 Celebrates Ethics And Excellence In Media At HAWANA Conference

Gathering in Kuching, Sarawak, nearly 1,000 media professionals representing local journalist associations and ASEAN member countries convened for a significant three-day event starting on May 25, 2024, marking the observance of National Journalists Day (HAWANA) 2024. The event, orchestrated by the Ministry of Communication in collaboration with the Sarawak State Government and the National News Agency of Malaysia (BERNAMA), aimed to underscore the pivotal role of journalism ethics in fostering sustainable media practices.

Under the theme “Ethics at the Core of Sustainable Journalism,” HAWANA 2024 commenced with a ceremonious inauguration graced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg

During the proceedings, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim delivered a poignant address and conferred accolades such as the Special Sarawak Premier Appreciation Award and the HAWANA 2024 Award, alongside contributions to the HAWANA Charity Fund.

Initiated last year, the HAWANA Charity Fund has been instrumental in extending assistance to 100 journalists and media personnel across the nation, reflecting the Ministry of Communication’s steadfast commitment to supporting colleagues in need.

In an unprecedented move, HAWANA 2024 introduced the HAWANA 2024 Journey program, inaugurated by Communication Minister Fahmi Fadzil, designed to acquaint students with the intricacies of the media industry.

Furthermore, the Sarawak Media Conference (SMEC) 2024, themed “Media Evolution in the Digital Era,” and the HAWANA 2024 Exhibition at the Main Atrium of the Plaza Merdeka Shopping Centre were significant highlights of the event, running from May 25 to 27, 2024.

May 29th, proclaimed as National Journalists Day, commemorates the historic debut of the Utusan Melayu newspaper on May 29, 1939, serving as a poignant tribute to industry stalwarts who have been instrumental in shaping informed minds and driving positive change within the industry.

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