The Angkor 'Anti-Fake News' Initiative was finally signed in Paro, Bhutan on Aug. 23.
H.E. Dr. Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information of Cambodia, and Mr. Fayyaz Sheheryar, President of Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD), were the signatories.
Under the initiative, AIBD in partnership with UNESCO together with Taylor's University and Berjaya University College, Malaysia will undertake a year-long research project that will examine the impact of disinformation on its member countries, which are mostly public service broadcasters. It is also an attempt to understand 'fake news' as a research concept and impact on society from the Asian broadcasters' perspective.
Through this initiative, AIBD will undertake various activities such as conduct seminars/workshops (regional, sub-regional and in-country), conferences and other relevant activities with all its members.
The fake news research involving key public service media will be first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.
The findings from the research will be a baseline for AIBD and all its member organisations to plan and initiate various activities to train relevant people. The outcome of the research will also serve as a blueprint for the formulation of policies by the respective governments to enhance the credibility of news and media in the Asia-Pacific Region.
The signing ceremony took place as part of the 45th Annual Gathering / 18th AIBD General Gathering and Associated Meetings being held from Aug. 21 to 25.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press