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Stop spreading ‘fake news’, media told

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Stop spreading ‘fake news’, media told

By The Nation

 

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Four professional media associations yesterday issued a joint statement calling for journalists to exercise their freedom with responsibility and help stop spreading fake news and disinformation.

 

“As the country is heading for an election on Sunday, it is a major task for all types of media to check and screen rumours, fake news and disinformation before releasing any news and help to stop the spread of fake news in order to prevent the media from being used as a political tool of political camps,” they said.

 

Their statement was issued in response to the airing of a controversial audio clip by Nation TV on one of its most popular news programmes, hosted by star anchor Kanok Ratwongsakul. 

 

The clip featured what now appears to be a faked conversation between Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and the ousted former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, in which they were discussing post-election prospects. 

 

Netizens criticised the station, saying it had shown itself to be politically compromised by reporting “fake news” that favoured the pro-junta bloc.

 

The statement said that in the current era in which information spreads quickly online and in social media, journalists needed to use their freedom with more responsibility.

 

The media needed to ensure they remained fair to anyone affected by stories published in print or on the airwaves; they should also heed advice, criticism and be open to more intense scrutiny by society, the statement said. 

 

The media needed to do its duty to professional standards, and following a code of ethics, in order to report accurately and gain credibility from society, the associations added. 

 

The joint statement was signed by the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association, Thai Journalists Association, the News Broadcasting Council of Thailand and the National Press Council of Thailand. 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30366261

 

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

The media needed to ensure they remained fair to anyone

'fairness','responsible','anyone'; are they talking about today's thailand ?

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1 hour ago, quandow said:

Here's the problem - one person's fake news is another's Fox News. And have you ever looked at TheOnion.com? VERY convincing political satire that many dupes believe. Then there are all the sites like Brietbart that lean HEAVILY to the right, MSNBC.com just as far to the left. Who is to be the judge of what is or is not fake?

 

It's not a difficult concept. Do your research talk to both sides, report both sides and keep your opinion out of it unless it's an editorial piece.

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And just who will be the moderator of what is and isn't "Fake News". The regime?????

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1 hour ago, JAG said:

'Stop Fake News" may well become the mantra for those wishing to control the production and consumption of news - in much the same way as "Reform Before Elections" was a mantra for those who wished to prevent an election they were going to lose. That turned out well didn't it?

 

Since this weekend's election is unlikely to resolve Thailand's political split, resulting as it probably will in a (very) minority government, and the inevitable frustration of the majority, there could be a pressing need to "Stop Fake News".

 

It will inevitably come down to controlling social media. All other media outlets are taken care of, press and TV are "owned by the right people" (and ignored by many/most as a result); there used to be a vibrant local/ community radio network in Thailand, that has been squashed.

 

It will have to be social media.

 

We can expect to hear more...

Maybe JAG but fake news is just not acceptable. Doctored tapes.. not acceptable. Though in the past both sides have used this tactic. I feel that the people responsible for this clip and the reporters should be punished. 

 

I really understand the downside that it can be used to silence political opponents. 

 

Your vibrant radio networks was one of the main places where fake news was spread. It was there where doctored tapes were spread first in previous elections. 

 

Fake news needs to be combated, I have no real idea how but I also know that not combating it is even more damaging. 

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5 minutes ago, robblok said:

Maybe JAG but fake news is just not acceptable. Doctored tapes.. not acceptable. Though in the past both sides have used this tactic. I feel that the people responsible for this clip and the reporters should be punished. 

 

I really understand the downside that it can be used to silence political opponents. 

 

Your vibrant radio networks was one of the main places where fake news was spread. It was there where doctored tapes were spread first in previous elections. 

 

Fake news needs to be combated, I have no real idea how but I also know that not combating it is even more damaging. 

The sheeplike mentality of people worldwide has made false news possible to the extreme it is today- it has always been in existence however people are not as well read now and depend on a small window for their "news".

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