Cambodian ministry has contest to combat fake news

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) - In a bid to draw practical ideas from the public to help combat fake news, the Ministry of Information announced its first-ever video competition.

The Ministry of Information announced its first-ever video
competition in a bid to draw practical ideas from the public to help
combat fake news.

“The contest aims to motivate the public to create a meaningful educational video to fight fake news.

Nobody will be discriminated against since we want to explore
ideas from every angle,” Ministry of Information spokesman and
Department of Information and Broadcasting director-general Phos Sovann
told The Post.

Creators are encouraged to submit a five-minute educational video under the theme Making Fake News Negatively Affects Society.

The competition will be held until October 18.

A panel of retired ministry advisers and retired officials will judge
submissions before announcing the winners by the end of this year.

The first prize winner will be awarded $1,000, while the runner up
and third-place winners will receive $750 and $350, respectively, Sovann
said.

He said the idea to host a competition was inspired after a meeting
between the ministry and the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting
Development last August in Angkor City, Siem Reap province.

The government has attempted to clarify a number of fake news stories
which spread rapidly through social media in the past few months – from
pictures circulating on social media which falsely depicted vandalised
bas-reliefs of Apsara spirits at the Preah Vihear temple, to US-led
propaganda that Cambodia had leased Ream Naval Base to the Chinese Navy.

During his annual correspondents’ dinner this year, Prime Minister
Hun Sen told journalists that he too had been a victim of fake news
claiming he had died.

The ministries of Interior and Justice and relevant officials are
currently reviewing a draft law on cybercrime which will also address
the issue of fake news online.

Nop Vy, the director of the Cambodian Centre for Independent Media,
said the video competition will play an important role in preventing the
dissemination of “toxic” fake news.

“The government should expand media education about fake news for
people and the private sector should also contribute in these efforts so
that Cambodians are able to identify between real and fake news,” Vy
said.

Those interested in the competition must submit their resumes along
with the video and an explanation directly to the Department of
Information and Broadcasting or via email to chhon.navy89@gmail.com.

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