Dr. Benjamin Loh, Senior Lecturer, School of Media and Communication with another op-ed publication addressed the responsibility of the media during a pandemic. Riding out a pandemic requires not just the government to organize successful health policies but also the media to support and keep the government in check.
The media has the dual role to spread awareness about government policies that are meant to save lives and keep people safe, and to also question and be critical towards problematic or dubious ones as well. This builds trust in the media and steers people away from less reputable sources, especially fake news.
The article can be accessed here: https://www.malaysiakini.com/columns/568588