21
March
2019

“Maintaining Credibility and Trust in Journalism: A Collaborative Workshop for Addressing Fake News in ASEAN” 21-22 March 2019 Amari Watergate Bangkok, Thailand

21
March
2019

“Maintaining Credibility and Trust in Journalism: A Collaborative Workshop for Addressing Fake News in ASEAN” 21-22 March 2019 Amari Watergate Bangkok, Thailand

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The Government Public Relations Department (PRD) has joined hands with UNESCO Thailand and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation to host “Maintaining Credibility and Trust in Journalism: A Collaborative Workshop for Addressing Fake News in ASEAN.” Journalists from ASEAN, members of mass media, and the parties to the online networks in each country cooperated in brainstorming ways to reduce impact of fake news.

​PRD, as a public relations and mass media organization, has a mission to create awareness among the public about fake news and bring attention to this problem, as well as finding ways to deal with fake news. Collaboration with UNESCO Thailand and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and Thai networks emphasized dealing with fake news and media literacy.At the“Maintaining Credibility and Trust in Journalism” workshop, journalists from ASEAN countries and networks in Thailand came to discover trends and to exchange information. They discussed their experience of coping with fake news,learned practices for using media creatively, and increased their knowledge from expert trainers from both Thailand and abroad. They also created a network so as to reduce the impacts from fake news; the network will be a key mechanism in the region to create public awareness.

​Dr. Charoon Chaisorn, Deputy Director-General of PRD, said at the meeting that ASEAN ministers agreed at the ministerial meeting in 2018 that accurate information would reduce the impact of fake news and promote literacy in member countries.The issues of literacy and fake news correspond to the role of PRD’s mission, in the framework of cooperation with UNESCO (as the Director-General of PRD is the Chairman of the Communication and Information under the Thai National Commission for UNESCO), andto Thailand’s membership in the International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC). This event sparked meaningful discussions between participants and provided key concepts that would guide their future work, to expand their understanding of and commitment to minimizing the impact of fake news.