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Fake news a serious threat, say journalists at Asia-Pacific Summit-2018

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

Top journalists from several countries at a summit here Sunday underscored the increasing influence of amid the expansion of and agreed in toto that posed a serious challenge to reliability of media.

Heads of and other top-notch journalists voiced their views on role of media in the context of present challenges before the world, at the ongoing Summit-2018 here, and stressed on need for self-regulation while ensuring freedom of expression and practising "clean journalism", on the lines of "clean climate".

said the influence of has grown in this age of Information and Technology.

There is no mechanism to verify and information generated on which has led to a growing credibility issue, Mcdevitt said.

To restore media credibility, he said, journalists should should pay attention to social aspects and include 'world peace' as a subject in the new media.

Masahiro Kuroki, of Japanese newspaper Sekai, said the need for media to work responsibly today was like never before.

While there are some benefits of growing influence of social media, has opened up a plethora of challenges.

Kuroki highlighted the importance of freedom of expression for media and also referred to US Donald Trump's comments over

Several have been at the receiving end as Trump accuses them of spreading fake news.

said the The has formed a code of conduct for newspersons.

He also underscored the expansion of social media and said there was increased need for following journalistic ethics.

Despite every challenges, media needs to follow self-regulation, Mehta added.

Journalists from other echoed similar sentiments, saying the fourth pillar of democracy, as media is widely termed, should act more responsibly.

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 19:10 IST