Media chiefs want Asian unity

There must be greater cooperation in the Asian media according to bosses of a number of the continent’s biggest media organisations.

Meeting on the Chinese island of Hainan at the ninth 10+3 Media Cooperation forum, editors from newspapers and organisations in South-east Asia, China, Japan and South Korea looked at the future.

The forum is made up of ten nations from Southeast Asia and the three East Asian partners.

Fang Jianshan, the deputy editor-in-chief of China’s People’s Daily called for unity.

"Media organisations from our countries should provide a unified and harmonious voice to the outside world, shouldering our responsibility to be pragmatic participants of 10+3 cooperation," Fang said.

The advent of fake news and unilateralism was also high up on the agenda.

Singapore Press Holdings chief executive officer Ng Yat Chung is concerned about credibility.

"It is only by maintaining a high standard of objective reporting that the media can play a constructive role to find common ground, build bridges, and build consensus," he said.

The priority is to work together across Asia to improve standards.

"Only then can we minimise misunderstanding and misjudgment, strengthen consensus and the foundation for multilateral cooperation,” said Mr Supalak Ganjanakhundee, managing editor of Thailand's The Nation newspaper.

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