Cambodian Media Officials Get Trained on Journalism

AKP Phnom Penh, September 29, 2020 —

Sputnik International News Agency and Radio of the Russian Federation has provided an online lecture on journalism for media officials of the Cambodian Ministry of Information.

The online lecture, held yesterday afternoon, was conducted by Mrs. Viktoria Polikarpova, Head of the Foreign Language News Division of Sputnik International News Agency and Radio and attended by some 40 Cambodian media officials.

In the session, Mrs. Viktoria Polikarpova focused on fundamentals of news writing: structuring and presenting information, points of view, reporting from the scene.

News writing with ethics and accountability are journalistic principles, she said, stressing that following events and stories from all possible sides makes journalists professional and helps avoiding fake news.

The lecturer also shared experience in stopping and eliminating fake news and disinformation on media, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

In his opening remarks, H.E. Sok Prasith, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Information and Chairman of the ministry’s International Cooperation Coordinating Committee, expressed thanks to the Russian side, particularly Mrs. Viktoria Polikarpova for providing such a useful training to Cambodian journalists.

This training is, continued the secretary of state, crucial for Cambodian media officials to improve their skills; and get lesson learned to avoid fake news prompting readers and the public to misunderstanding and discrimination.

He was positive that Sputnik International News Agency and Radio will provide more training to Cambodian journalists to capacitate as well as to promote collaboration between the two countries’ media sector; and convey regards of H.E. Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information to top leaders of government and the information agency of Russia.

(Photo: Khem Sovannara)

By Lim Nary