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Digital Economy Min calls for crisis information "commander"

 

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BANGKOK(NNT) - The Digital Economy and Society Minister has put a spotlight on the need to appoint commanders to navigate the situation at a time of crisis, especially in terms of controlling the flow of information, in order to provide accurate news to members of the public without jeopardizing the police effort to resolve the conflict.

 

Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta made the comment at a forum attended by his ministry, the NBTC, and ISRA Instutite Thai Press Development Foundation.

 

The Minister was referring to the mass shooting earlier this month which saw members of the press ignore a direct order from the Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to stop presenting updates on the assault, unintentionally giving the attacker information on the official operation.

 

Buddhipongse urged members of the public to help instill the habit of information screening and fact checking among the younger generation.

 

The Digital Economy Minister recommended assigning a point-person responsible for managing the flow of information, believing that doing so would keep people informed without revealing details of the official operation, to the perpetrators.

 

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-- © Copyright NNT 2020-02-19

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10 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Buddhipongse urged members of the public to help instill the habit of information screening and fact checking among the younger generation.

Good luck with that. It is the "public" (albeit not just in Thailand) who spread suspect and / or sensationalist information in the first place. In many cases they don't worry that it might be false, as long as it gets them "likes".

Edited by bangkokfrog

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On 2/19/2020 at 5:45 PM, snoop1130 said:

Buddhipongse urged members of the public to help instill the habit of information screening and fact checking among the younger generation.

The government doesn’t lead by example 

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