Journalists urged to highlight international drug trafficking cases

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KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Foreign minister Datuk Richard Riot Jaem urged journalists participating in the International Journalism Fellowship (IJF) 2010 here to report on international drug trafficking.

Speaking to 20 participants from six countries, including host country Malaysia, he said there was a grave concerns as young girls or young women were being used as drug mules by drug trafficking syndicates.

He said this following a recent report of a young Malaysian girl caught at the Meilan Airport in China, for suspicion of carrying drugs into the country.

Richard Riot earlier made a courtesy call on IJF participants attending the fellowship programme organised by the Malaysian Press Institute at Institute of Diplomacy and foreign relations, near here yesterday.

Besides Malaysia, participants from Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, Mongolia and Uzbekistan are taking part.

“This issue does not only concern Malaysia…The international narcotics control board says such syndicates are now targeting Southeast Asia as well as East and Central Asia like Mongolia and Uzbekistan.

“It is still a number one enemy to us.

Being young journalists, you all should be able to do your part,” he said. Richard Riot said the syndicates have retorted to using social network like Facebook to befriend victims and entice young girls and lure them with empty promises. — Bernama