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Journalists meet with gov’t spokespeople

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The forum held by the Union of Journalist Federations in Cambodia. Ven Rathavong

Cambodian journalists met with spokespeople from the government at the forum held on Friday.  Their discussions centred on ways to better understand each other’s standpoints on news coverage.

Spokespeople from the CPP, from ministries, and other officials spent the day deliberating with representatives of various media outlets.  One side focused on how to upgrade the distribution of information to the media, and the other on how to better compile and report the news.  Both sides made useful recommendations.

Huy Vannak, President of the Union of Journalist Federations in Cambodia, said that the forum aimed to help journalists and spokespeople better understand each other.  “We do not want articles or news published that is inaccurate or misleading. We want news reports to improve our readers’ cognizance” and thus help build a better society.

He also said that reporters mustn’t interpret given quotes; misleading or erroneous interpretations are counterproductive.  They result in a reluctance to speak to reporters.

Chum Sounry, from the Foreign Ministry, said that his new insights will help improve his interactions with media outlets.  “I think that mutual trust and respect are the basis for good relationships between journalists and spokesmen,” and that varying political views should not obstruct communication.

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