Khmer Version of UNESCO’s Handbook on “Journalism, ‘Fake News’ and Disinformation Officially Launched

AKP Phnom Penh, July 23, 2020 —

UNESCO in collaboration with the Ministry of Information launched here this morning the Khmer version of UNESCO’s handbook titled “Journalism, ‘Fake News’ and Disinformation: A Handbook for Journalism Education and Training”.

The launching ceremony was presided over by Cambodian Minister of Information H.E. Khieu Kanharith, UNESCO Representative in Cambodia Mr. Sardar Umar Alam, and First Secretary at the Embassy of Sweden in Phnom Penh Mr. Magnus Saemundsson.

Addressing at the function, H.E. Khieu Kanharith said the handbook is a useful tool for the general public, particularly media professionals. He strongly hoped that through the book, Cambodians will know more about what the freedom of expression is.

H.E. Minister reiterated that the law on fake news is unnecessary, stressing that dealing with fake news does not mean to use administrative or legal measure, but to use facts to counteract fake news and disinformation.

According to a recent joint press release, written by experts, this handbook explores the very nature of journalism with modules on why trust matters; thinking critically about how digital technology and social platforms are conduits of the information disorder; fighting back against disinformation and misinformation through media and information literacy; fact-checking 101, social media verification and combatting online abuse.

“This model curriculum is an essential addition to teaching syllabi for all journalism educators, as well as practicing journalists and editors who are interested in information, how we share it and how we use it. It is mission critical that those who practice journalism understand and report on the new threats to trusted information. Health professionals, businesspeople, scientists, election monitors and others will also find it useful,” it added.

(Photo: Khem Sovannara)

By Phal Sophanith