Minister Warns of Disaster by Fake News Amid COVID-19 Crisis

AKP Phnom Penh, September 08, 2020 —

The Minister of Information has warned of possible disaster driven by the fake news and disinformation amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The minister, H.E. Khieu Kanharith, made the point when presiding over the awarding ceremony for the outstanding writer of COVID-19 related news stories yesterday at Tonle Bassac II restaurant here in Phnom Penh.

The mix of the fake and professional news especially on social media platforms, underlined the minister, can mislead the public possibly leading to the loss of faith on containment and prevention messages from the government as well as experts, and clashes between the public and the authorities which are already happening in some countries.

The deadly disease has to a certain degree shaken solidarity among countries both in the implementation of containment measures and the race to produce the vaccine against it, so the media should join in healing this.

He continued that it is fortunate for Cambodia that the public continue to trust the voices from the government and experts on COVID-19, and as a result, the country is among those with the lowest detection rate.

The recognition of the best reporters on COVID-19 organised by the Club of Cambodian Journalists is thus well aligned with the effort of the Royal Government of Cambodia to promote professional reporting so as to deliver the truth to the public to jointly contain the disease.

Top five reporters have been identified for the awards of about US$500 for the 1st ranking, US$300 for the 2nd, US$200 for the 3rd, and US$100 for the 4th and 5th.

(Photo: Khem Sovannara)

Article in Khmer by Bun Rith
Article in English by Lim Nary