Media urged to step up fight against fake news

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The Prime Minister  speaks at the 16th Asia Media Summit in Siem Reap province. KT/ Khem Sovannara

Prime Minister Hun Sen today called on the media to step up the fight against fake news, warning against the evolution of technology which spawns cybercrimes.

Speaking at the 16th Asia Media Summit in Siem Reap province, Mr Hun Sen said that technology evolution is threatening the security in the region and in the globe.

“Digital technology is aimed at enhancing the sharing of information between media organsations, including cooperation in the fight against fake news, he said. “Fake news and cybercrimes severely threaten individual rights as well as regional and  global security.”

Mr Hun Sen also called on the strengthening of law enforcement and professional ethnics in order curb the dissemination of fake news, insults, hateful incitement and discrimination and conflicts between races and religions, all of which could harm social security.

“Therefore, all relevant entities must collectively increase close cooperation within bilateral, regional and global frameworks to fight against fake news and cybercrimes,” he added.

Sardar Umar Alam, head of Unesco in Cambodia, said that a study found that disinformation spreads six times faster than true stories on social media.

“In the past few months, we have seen the governments in the region blocking or slowing down connection on social media to prevent dissemination of false information in the aftermath of terrorist attacks or large-scale protests,” Mr Alam said. “The efficacy of such actions is not clear and there are concerns over the  blocking of legitimate uses of the platform including for journalists.”

Full story in Thursday’s paper

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