September 23, 2017

ASEAN, Japan ministers discuss countering fake news

Union Minister Dr Pe Myint and attendees pose for a documentary photo at AMRI Roundtable Discussion on Countering Fake News in Manila, the Philippines, on 9th September 2017. Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint attended the ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information (AMRI) roundtable discussion on Countering Fake News and Communicating the Right Information held in Manila, the Philippines yesterday.
The roundtable discussion was held to share each country’s experiences on incorrect news and fake news, handling the effect of such news, how officials from the government information sector respond to such news by communicating true information and to discuss cooperative work that can be done among countries within the region in countering such news. The roundtable discussion was attended by 32 information ministers, information sector sub-committee chairmen and officials from ASEAN member countries and Japan.
Also discussed at the meeting was the effect of fake news on the socio-economic security of the people, and the political problems and that arise when unscrupulous persons post fake photos and news for their political and economic benefit. The problem spreads as television broadcasts, newspapers and some mainstream media refer to such unverified fake and wrong news. With the advancement of technology, and the increase in the use of social media in each country, taking legal action against such acts, increasing media literacy campaign process, responding to fake/false news, cooperating in communicating the right information and regional cooperation to increase ethical and socially responsible media sector were discussed.
Later in the afternoon, the Union Minister attended the ASEAN-Japan TV Festival held in Trinoma Mall Activity Center, Quezon City, Manila.

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