9th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable (ASEFERT9)
Exploring the Battlefronts of ‘Fake News’: A Tripartite Approach to the Fight Against Misinformation
Date: 15-16 October 2018
Venue: Brussels Press Club
Organiser: Asia Europe Foundation
The EJN’s President and Founder, Aidan White, spoke on the panel on ‘Maintaining Truth and Trust in Media in the Digital Age’. His key message was:
“Ethics, good governance and self-regulation are essential for the future of journalism. News media are actively working to strengthen journalism, and they need to act quickly given falling public confidence.”
.@aidanpwhite's message to #asefert9: ethics, good governance & self-regulation are essential for the future of #journalism. News media are actively working to strengthen journalism, and they need to act quickly given falling public confidence. #JournEthics #MediaEthics pic.twitter.com/iZYxCf5bNq— Ethical Journalism (@EJNetwork) October 16, 2018
The following description is taken from the event’s website.
Misinformation is an age-old concept that has been around for as long as news itself. Having assumed various forms over the course of history – from propaganda campaigns to spin doctoring – it has once again been cast into the international spotlight, brandishing a new title: ‘fake news’.
Held in conjunction with the 12th ASEM Summit (ASEM12), the 9th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable (ASEFERT9) is the 2018 edition of a 2-day biennial forum aimed at promoting dialogue, strengthening ties and cross-continental cooperation between 20-30 news editors from across Asia and Europe.
In recognising the complexities of the issue and the necessity of a comprehensive multi-stakeholder approach, ASEFERT9 will include representatives from news media, policy making, tech companies and civil society to create a robust discussion and provide for diversity of opinion.
The intended outcome of the 2-day forum is a detailed report on how ‘fake news’ is being fought from a tri-sectorial approach in individual countries across Asia and Europe. Through the resulting discussions, a series of country reports as well as an agreement on key principles to further action will be compiled and published for online distribution and submitted to the ASEM governments.