PLENARY PANEL 1

EXPLORING THE POST-TRUTH WORLD AND THE REALITY OF FAKE NEWS AS A HUMAN RIGHTS CHALLENGE AND THE ROLE OF MEDIA

15 October 2018

13:30-15:00

Grand Ballroom

The rise and ease of using the internet and accessing different social media platforms has revolutionized the way the information is shared, spread and interpreted. Mainstream media is not the only source of news and information anymore, seeing the increased access to alternative sources online. This access to information and platforms has proved to be a powerful catalyst for change, but also a powerful tool for propaganda and information manipulation.

Presently, threats emerge not only in the form of censorship, but also in the form of “fake news,” or those factually wrong information that mislead and manipulate the public. These are manifested in politics and policies across countries in the Southeast Asian region that have led to societal fragmentation and political polarization.

This plenary panel seeks to highlight the challenges and impacts of “fake news” on fundamental principles of human rights and the rule of law. More importantly, it will discuss the role of media in adapting to these changes and complementing these developments to ensure accountability and responsive efforts to uphold rights despite and in-spite of regulation.

Moderator:

Lorna Q. Israel, M.A., Department of International Studies, Miriam College

Panelists:

  • Pravit Rojanaphruk, Senior Staff Writer and Columnist at KhaosodEnglish.com
  • Jahabar Sadiq, The Malaysian Insider
  • Ellen Tordesillas, Filipino Journalist
  • Natashya Gutierrez, Southeast Asia Correspondent, Rappler