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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WAM Executive Director Mohamed Alrayssi (L) in an interview (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Given the context of the widespread development of fake news causing negative effects on society, members of the Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) have underlined the importance of taking drastic measures to deal with the issue. Mohamed Alrayssi, Executive Director of the Emirates News Agency (WAM), advised news agencies to increase speed and accuracy in order to better inform the public, thus helping boost their trust in the news sources. He shared that WAM conducts annual surveys to see how much trust readers hold in it, as well as tries to publish news faster and answer all questions that audiences are looking for in the news so as to build up the agency’s relationship with the public. Nur Cahya Aryani, head of the International News Division under Indonesia’s ANTARA news agency, said that combating fake news is one of the most important tasks of a … [Read more...] about OANA 44: Fighting fake news an important task for news agencies
First Deputy Director General of Russia’s TASS news agency Mikhail Gusman stressed that it is time to use every advantage to develop mechanisms in the fight against fake news. The first step will be forming close ties among news agencies, possibly in a traditional alliance like the OANA, he suggested, stressing on the need to give a clear definition of “fake news,” along with legal arguments and regulations. According to Gusman, the OANA is not only a venue for news agencies to share experience, but also to make important decisions affecting the stability of the global information space. When TASS assumed the OANA Chairmanship, a code of professionalism ethics for OANA was issued with the support of the Australian Associated Press (AAP), which dictates responsibility for the correctness of information, including news, photos, and videos, and bans the publication of news that could promote the activities of terror groups. Photo: The Guardian … [Read more...] about OANA 44: Asia-Pacific news agencies share experience to combat fake news
Vietnam needs to raise a massive $44 billion to develop three special economic zones (SEZs), authorities said at a meeting on Monday. Members of the legislative National Assembly were discussing once again whether to launch the SEZs on Vietnam's largest island Phu Quoc, the Van Don Archipelago near Ha Long Bay and the port city of Bac Van Phong in central Vietnam. The Ministry of Finance has calculated that $44 billion will be needed to develop the zones, with the state budget covering from 10 to 19 percent of each one and the rest coming from investors. The total figure amounts to 65 percent of Vietnam’s total government spending last year, which hit $67 billion, and is more than four times as much as the country spends on education each year. The sheer size of the figure was questioned by leaders of the National Assembly at the meeting. “What benefits will these areas bring to our country?” asked Phung Quoc Hien, the National Assembly's vice chairman. The … [Read more...] about Leaders question whopping $44 bil price tag for new special economic zones in Vietnam
New hospital building delayed due to slow compensation for residents A design of the new facility for HCM City Hospital for Traumatology and Orthopaedics. Source http://www.medinet.hochiminhcity.gov.vn Slow compensation for residents affected by the construction project has delayed construction on a new facility for HCM City Hospital for Traumatology and Orthopaedics for six years. The project to build the new facility was approved by the Prime Minister in 2010. In 2011, investors designed to build a 5,000-square metre facility, which was later expanded to more than 7,000 square metres. HCM City People’s Committee has instructed the authorities of Bình Chánh District, where the new facility will be located, and investors to speed up the construction many times, but the project still has not yet been started. In 2016, for instance, the committee required that the project begin in December of that year and would be expected to be completed this year. According to the … [Read more...] about Social News 4/4 (Hourly Updated)