Spokespersons Urged to React Immediately to ‘Fake News’ Circulation

AKP Phnom Penh, August 04, 2020 —

Spokespersons and information officers of ministries and provincial and municipal administrations have been urged to react immediately to the circulating fake news, by giving facts and true information to the public through media practitioners.

During a review forum of past press conferences on work progress of ministries and institutions and municipal and provincial administrations, organised here on Tuesday by the Royal Government Spokesperson Unit (RGSU), Minister of Information H.E. Khieu Kanharith laid stress on the importance of providing facts to eliminate ‘fake news’.

The information officers and spokespersons have to respond as soon as possible to the fake news in order to explain to the public, he added.

“Currently, the most complicated work is ‘fake news’ […] but what’s important is we have to provide and disseminate facts immediately,” he said.

“Fake news pushes officials at the provincial departments and administrations to take immediate reaction,” he underlined. “When there are something affects them, they have to provide true information immediately.”

H.E. Khieu Kanharith also spoke highly of the positive progress of regular press conference held by the RGSU at the Office of the Council of Ministers, saying that it provides the floor for relevant officials and media practitioners to meet and talk over topics of public interests.

“It is a place where spokespersons and journalists meet up and get closed to each other,” he said.

H.E. Minister also urged journalists to upgrade their capacities and to act as ‘independent-thinking journalists’ aiming to report news to the audience in a professional manner.

By Chea Vannak