JAKARTA – Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi has highlighted the vital role of media and journalists in building public opinion and dispelling misinformation during the obtaining Covid-19 pandemic.
“This pandemic has demonstrated, more than ever, the important role journalists and editors play in exercising responsible journalism by eradicating misinformation that may cause confusion and panic in society,” Hoi said.
The secretary general made the statement in his opening speech at the recent Asean Media Forum held virtually here.
Hoi gave due importance to the role of media and journalists in furnishing information and edifying the Asean community in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“As such, we depend on you (media and journalists) in helping us to inform, educate, and empower the people of Asean,” he emphasized.
Hoi further affirmed that the role of media as driver of change is crucial in realizing the Asean integration and community-building agenda.
“The narratives that media promote have contribute to shaping public opinion, especially in the construction of belief and outlook of our ongoing efforts at improving the quality of lives and livelihoods in the Asean region,” he added.
Hoi said the Covid-19 pandemic had emerged as the most detrimental challenge to the Asean since the Asian financial crisis.
“Nonetheless, these challenges thrown in the wake of the pandemic have provided Asean an opportunity to deepen regional security and unity, specifically through broader cooperation at various levels, including government agencies, business, industries and the private sector, as well as relevant stakeholders, such as the media,” he stressed. (Antara)