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News sites come together to fight fake news

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 18, 2017   /   06:45 pm
News sites come together to fight fake news Against fake news: Students sign a banner containing commitments to fight fake news in a campaign event in Ungaran, Semarang regency, Central Java, on Feb. 4. (Antara/Aditya Pradana Putra)

The Indonesian Cyber Media Association (AMSI) declared a commitment on Tuesday to combat the spread of fake news.  The commitment, entitled “Media Professionalism to Combat Hoax News” was declared following concerns over the impact fake news.

AMSI presidium chairman Wenseslaus Manggut said the association had invited all relevant parties to band together to combat fake news, especially on social media.

“This declaration aims to restore the digital media ecosystem so it is more positive for public consumption, with the hope that the media can gain more trust from the public," Wenseslaus said during the declaration, which was held at the Indonesian Press Council in Central Jakarta on Tuesday.

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He further explained the declaration was the first phase of the establishment of AMSI and it was expected that local officials could be recruited from across Indonesia. AMSI will hold its first congress within three months of the establishment of its leadership.

Wenseslaus said as of April 17, 170 online media companies had registered to become a member of AMSI. To be a member, a media company must be a legal press institution and comply with the press code of conduct, he said.

The AMSI declaration event was also attended by Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara, Indonesian Press Council chairman Yosep Adi Prasetyo, the National Police’s cybercrime director, Brig. Fadli Imran, and Twitter Indonesia lead public policy director Agung Yudha. The event was moderated by tirto.id editor-in-chief A. Sapto Anggoro. (dis/ebf)