One of the major outcomes of the 16th Asia Media Summit in Siem Reap, Cambodia is the Angkor Anti-Fake News Initiative. During the sideline ministerial meeting all the six ministers agreed to take a collective stand on critical media issues and, in particular, to discuss a way forward in combating the spread of disinformation/fake news across media platforms, and its negative effects on society.
Success of broadcasters in the digital age requires knowing their audiences and consumption behaviour well, one of four key steps to ensure their audiences believe in their products and services, according to Mr Klaus Bergmann, Head of International Relations at Deutsche Welle, Germany.
Various perspectives on regulation as a mechanism to effectively counter the spread of disinformation/fake news were presented during the plenary session on “Disinformation and New Media” at the 16th Asia Media Summit in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The session, in collaboration with UNESCO, was moderated by Dr. Ming Kuok Lim, Advisor for Communication and Information, UNESCO, Jakarta.
Media literacy that enables media stakeholders and audiences to be critical in accessing, analysing, evaluating and creating media in a variety of forms is a way forward to combat the spread of disinformation, particularly in new media, according to some speakers at the 16th Asia Media Summit.
Developing countries or undeveloped markets must pursue cross-sectoral collaboration and increased human resource capacity to ensure effective policies and strategies that will maximise the benefits of digitisation, according to Mr. Fayyaz Shehryar, AIBD President and Director General of All India Radio, India.
To meet changes in the global media environment and respond to the digital revolution age, Korea will spread ‘Hallyu’ or the Korean wave to include k-pop, drama and games, establish a Korean content distribution platform and strengthen its status as a leading country in 5G technology, according to Dr Sam Seog Ko, Standing Commissioner of t
Myanmar Union Minister for Information Dr U Pe Myint highlighted the positive impact of digitisation and social media as the country moves towards a digital economy.
He warned, however, that social media has become a breeding ground for false information.
“Amid the spread of fake news, media must exercise greater responsibility while we pursue more media literacy efforts”, Cambodian Information Minister Dr Khieu Kanharith said.
He admitted that combating fake news remains a challenge in the country where the use of internet and social media has dramatically increased.
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