Amidst COVID-19 pandemic the role of Public Service Broadcasters (PSBs) has once again come to the limelight. It has not only become the source of credible information but also of education and entertainment. With lockdown in place in many countries, and avalanche of misinformation, the PSBs have become the ’go-to-source’ for accurate information and voice of ‘reassurances’ in a difficult time.
If there is one thing that is spreading faster than the corona virus, then it will be misinformation, rumours and fake news. This was the general consensus among the panelists and experts during the virtual COVID Response Session. “There is a parallel epidemic- grappling with sheer volume of misinformation,” remarked Mr. Shashi Shekhar Vempati, Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati, India’s Public Service Broadcaster.
AIBD is organising an online COVID19 Response session for broadcasters on 9 April 2020. The event will start at GMT +8 2:00pm from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Various speakers from Broadcasting fraternity and U.N Related bodies will deliver their presentaions on the topic. Interested individuals can register themselves at: https://bit.ly/3dKDOoN or mail at [email protected]
AIBD will continue to play an active role in SDG advocacy for Asia-Pacific media with the help of U.N bodies, Ms Philomena Gnanapragasam, Director, AIBD.
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and information dissemination efforts of media, Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD), organised a half-day In-Country Seminar on ‘Reporting on Health Crisis: Training Journalists for Emergencies and Outbreaks’ today.
For the first time since 1998 a strategic plan document is in the offing for the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD). It is being drafted by experts from the elected SPT member countries during 18th General Conference and Associated Meetings in Paro, Bhutan last year. The elected member countries are Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Iran, the Philippines, Korea, and Thailand.
AIBD and Pakistan Television training Academy organised a webinar on the impact of disinformation on societies. The event was held in Islamabad at Pakistan Television Headquarters while it the webinar was hosted at AIBD Secretariat in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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