Governor allocates funds to journalists who study foreign languages

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Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands (ANTARA) – Riau Islands Governor Ansar Ahmad will allocate a fraction of the 2022 amended regional budget to support and assist journalists willing to learn foreign languages, including English or Chinese.

Provincial government funding for journalists demonstrates official support to improve the quality of the press in border regions, especially in the Riau Islands province, he noted.

“Journalists from the border regions need to know foreign languages, because our region borders Malaysia and Singapore,” Ahmad said at a national seminar on the press in the border regions in Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands, on Wednesday.

The governor also urged journalists to apply for accreditation in accordance with the statutes of the National Press Council to improve their quality and professionalism.

In addition, Ahmad confirmed that the provincial government will construct 76 transceiver base stations in Natuna, Anambas, Bintan and Lingga districts to extend internet connectivity to remote and border areas.

The new connectivity facilities will also strengthen the duty of journalists to disseminate information to more residents, he said.

“The facilities would extend internet connectivity to pristine areas and improve efficient communication,” the governor remarked.

Ahmad also praised the role played by the press in protecting and defending the national sovereignty and territory of the Riau Islands against threats posed by foreign countries.

“The press disseminates information and is the mouthpiece of the government in maintaining national sovereignty alongside the people,” he noted.

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