Jakarta (VOI NEWS) - The role of the media as a driver of change is crucial in realizing the ASEAN integration and community building agenda. The narrative that the media promote, contribute towards shaping public opinion. This was stated by Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi in his remarks at the opening of the 4th ASEAN Media Forum 2020 held virtually, Tuesday (24/11). He added during the pandemic, journalists and editors have an important role in exercising responsible journalism.
"The 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 the society. As such, we depend on you in helping us to inform, educate, and empower the peoples of ASEAN," said Dato Lim Jock Hoi.
Dato Lim Jock Hoi further said he also welcome the media views and ideas in helping the ASEAN Secretariat better support the media role in conveying the ASEAN story to a wider audience.
The ASEAN Media Forum (AMF) is a platform for senior editors to come together with ASEAN leaders to discuss vital issues affecting the region. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event took place online. This year’s topic focused on, among others, the COVID-19 pandemic and ASEAN’s recovery framework. (VOI/AHM)