Andanar eyes creation of ASEAN Comms Centre to counter spread of fake news in region
Posted: 2017-Sep-12 16.00.47 UTC+0800
MANILA — Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar is eyeing the creation of an ASEAN Communications Centre (ACC), which will function as a monitoring and nerve center of news and information among member-states.
"The proliferation of fake news is real and this has negative impact in our world today," he said.
Secretary Andanar has proposed the setting up of the ACC with the goals of improving communications and information sharing between 10-member states of ASEAN, when he met with ASEAN information ministers in a roundtable discussion over the weekend.
"We can exchange ideas and find ways to collectively address the negative consequences brought about by the spread of fake news," he added.
Mr. Andanar said the ACC could be housed at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia, with inputs to be provided by the official news agencies or information ministries of the ASEAN member-states.
The PCOO chief said that the advent of the Internet has overtaken and rendered outdated a previous system used by the regional inter-governmental organization years ago, known as the ASEAN News Exchange Mechanism (ANEX), composed of the official news agencies of the ASEAN member-states.
The ANEX can be revisited and considered for revival, the official said.
It can be recalled that Mr. Andanar currently chairs the ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information (AMRI) that promotes cooperation in information to help build an ASEAN identity. The meeting, with the theme, "Countering Fake News and Communicating the Right Information," was held in Quezon City.
The meeting focused on four topics: Country Experiences on Fake News; Practical Measures to Counter Fake News; Possible Government Initiatives to Ensure that the Right Information is Communicated; and Possible Cooperation Initiatives on Countering Fake News and Communicating the Right Information.
Joining Mr. Andanar in the roundtable discussion were the Information Ministers from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Representatives from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan also sat as observers.
The other members of the Philippine delegation were Undersecretary Noel George Puyat, PCOO; Dino Apolonio, GM, People's Television Network; Harold E. Clavite, Director-General, Philippine Information Agency; and Demic Pabalan, Executive Director, RTVM, and Rizal Giovanni Aportadera, Director-General, PBS, among others. (PIA)