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Sad, S’pore can’t adopt this practice of combating fake news

In Media on 24/03/2017 at 6:05 am

I couldn’t help but snigger when I read

a new initiative by journalists from Le Monde, the French daily that has developed a readers’ tool to weed out fake news. A few weeks ago, they started volunteering at schools, teaching teenagers how to distinguish between responsible journalism and fabricated news. Other newsrooms in France are doing the same. Alexandre Pouchard, one of the Le Monde journalists involved, tells me the objective is to raise awareness about sourcing and promote simple tools (such as Google reverse image search) to check the origin of photographs or memes. “It’s about getting some reflexes, like wondering where a story or image is from,” he says. “On the one hand, young people are more vulnerable to this phenomenon and less used to identifying unreliable sources and, on the other hand, they are not our usual readers, so we have to get in touch with them.” FT

I mean can you imagine Sumiko Tan and other editors, and journalists going to schools and telling students with a straight face that they (the reporters and editors) rely on media briefings, phone calls and email messages from the PAP administration, and self censorship to make sure they and hence us the readers get the right facts and perspectives?

Have a good weekend.

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  1. Sumiko and the ST editors just need to hold up their playslips and compare with Le Monde salaries. As bonus, they can also hold up enlarged photos of their Bt Timah bungalows and Ferraris and Lambo’s. See which one the students will select. Hard truth.

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