VNA Vice Director General Le Quoc Minh speaks at the meeting (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The 44th Executive Board Meeting of the Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA), hosted by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) in Hanoi from April 18-20, has highlighted the important role played by professional journalism in the context of the emergence of social media and challenges posed by it. With the theme “For a professional and innovative journalism”, the event has focused discussion on how to effectively deal with fake news and how to regain public trust with this context in mind. Due to the fast development of social media, the role of journalists is changing. They are no longer the sole source of breaking news and their responsibility has extended to the verification of information being shared amongst the public. They are depended on to validate and analyse information, as well as help the public find what they need to know. According to VNA … [Read more...] about OANA 44: How to deal with fake news in modern journalism?
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Brussels fears that online disinformation will fuel the populist wave officials believe skewed the Brexit referendum and carried Donald Trump to the White House AFP/NICOLAS ASFOURI Brussels fears that online disinformation will fuel the populist wave officials believe skewed the Brexit referendum and carried Donald Trump all the way to the White House. "There are external anti-European forces, which are seeking - openly or secretly - to influence the democratic choices of Europeans," EU leader Donald Tusk warned recently. This was, he claimed, also "the case with Brexit and a number of election campaigns across Europe." Between May 23 and 26, European voters will go to the polls to choose around 700 MEPs to sit in the Strasbourg EU parliament and oversee continent-wide legislation. In the final weeks of the campaign, officials are on alert fearing that opponents - including Moscow - will attempt to spread fake news, amplified by viral social media. This could in turn boost support … [Read more...] about EU on fake news alert as continent prepares to vote
Vi Quyet Chien of Van Ho District in Son La, a province in Vietnam’s northern mountains, returned home from school on Monday afternoon and learned from his grandfather that his two-month-old youngest brother was admitted in a hospital in Hanoi 175 kilometers (109 miles) away. 13-year-old Vi Quyet Chien at the Vietnam National Children's Hospital in Hanoi. Photos from Facebook's page of the doctor treating his youngest brother. The grandfather said Chien lay on a couch and cried when he got the news. He decided to ride all the way to Hanoi on his small bicycle to check on the child. He did not tell anyone about the plan and chose a different route to get out of the village to avoid being seen by his neighbors. The boy had no idea where Hanoi was or how to there, and followed the national highway and asked people he met along the way. Since the bicycle’s brakes were broken, he had to use his feet to stop in some downhill sections. He did not have anything with … [Read more...] about Boy, 13, cycles 60 miles through mountains to Hanoi to see sick brother
Viet Nam News Gia Lộc HCM CITY — The Ministry of Health, hospitals and medical associations are trying to fight fake medical information spread on the internet by launching public awareness campaigns and programmes. Late last month, the National Hospital of Endocrinology admitted a 82-year-old patient with diabetes for serious burns and numbness in arms and legs. The man’s brother had bought a stone recommended for treating numbness and improving blood circulation after seeing an advertisement on the internet. Doctors at the hospital said that patients with diabetes should never apply heat to areas of numbness on the body. “We now are drowning in a lot of information on the internet and don’t know what is fake and what is not,” HCM City resident Phan Sơn said. Many individuals and companies are misusing photos of famous doctors on social media and websites to provide misleading or inaccurate … [Read more...] about Health Ministry fights fake information spread on internet
Vietnam, New Zealand networking event discusses CPTPP The Vietnam Trade Office partnered with the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and the ASEAN-New Zealand Business Council to run the Vietnam-New Zealand Free Trade Breakfast last week, discussing various trade issues. The event gathered representatives from enterprises in Wellington and Auckland doing business in or have business transactions with Vietnam together with local trade promotion agencies. It provided an opportunity to network and hear directly from key figures in Vietnam and New Zealand to gain a better understanding of the benefits of the two countries’ trade relations, particularly as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is about to enter into force. Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand Ta Van Thong gave the attendees an overview of Vietnam’s economy, its CPTPP commitments relating to the domestic business environment, and support … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 21/12