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Fact check: Post wrong to link vaccinations to a COVID-19 spike in Cambodia

The claim: Cambodia did not have a COVID-19 outbreak until vaccines arrived Vaccine opponents are looking to Cambodia to falsely assert that vaccines may actually make COVID-19 more dangerous. “Cambodia is one of the most vaccinated countries in the world: 81.3% of its population has received at least ...

Devon Link

Vietnamese Facebook User Fined for ‘Fake News’ as Criticism Grows of Government’s Handling of Pandemic

Police in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City have fined a local Facebook user for saying that local government has neglected city residents and let them go hungry amid lockdowns aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19, sources said. Nguyen Thuy Duong was fined VND 5 million ...

RFA’s Vietnamese Service. Translated by Anna Vu. Written in English by Richard Finney

Ministry reports eight pages over 'fake news'

The Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry is pursuing legal action against a number of people it accuses of violating the Computer Crimes Act. According to the DES Ministry, eight URLs — six of which are based on Facebook, while the remaining two are on YouTube ...

Post Reporters

Welcome to 'year of fact-checking'

More than 30,000 people have joined Collaborative Fact Checking (Cofact) Thailand to combat fake news during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth), Cofact Thailand, the International Fact Checking Network and other anti-fake news organisations yesterday held a seminar to mark International Fact-Checking Day ...

Don’t believe fake news that mobile phones cause brain cancer: Digital Economy Ministry

The Digital Economy and Society Ministry has warned people not to believe or share news or Internet posts which claim that placing a mobile phone near your head while you sleep will cause brain cancer due to the electromagnetic waves the phone emits. “The ministry’s Anti-Fake ...

Why Vietnam Is Asking Other Asian Countries to Help Squelch Fake News

A surge in fake news around Southeast Asia, particularly bogus COVID-19 information, has prompted leaders to explore a regional crackdown after a suggestion from a Vietnamese security official. Police agencies in the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries – which represent a total population ...

Ralph Jennings

PM warns of fake Facebook pages

Prime Minister Hun Sen reminded Facebook users on Thursday not to be cheated by fake news spread by anonymous people. He said they used his name to post false news that misled the public, and that specialists have come up with ways to block such account ...

Long Kimmarita

How governments shut the internet down to suppress dissent

Access Now, a non-profit digital rights advocacy group, has released its annual report on global internet shutdowns. The report reveals governments around world increasingly shutting down the internet, often to stifle dissent, and frequently doing so during times of protest or elections. The annual report, entitled ...

Rich Haridy

Journalist union calls on global peers to value peace

Huy Vannak, president of the Union of Journalists Federations of Cambodia, on Tuesday during the Asia-Pacific Summit in Phnom Penh called on all journalists across the world to take part in curbing fake news and learn about the value of peace. Mr Vannak, who is also ...

Ben Sokhean

Thailand to open anti-fake news centre by Nov 1 to address rumours on social media platforms

Thailand will open its first fake news centre by Nov 1 to combat unverified news circulating on social media platforms, said Minister of Digital Economy and Society Buddhipongse Punnakanta on Wednesday (Sept 25). “These days anyone can be a reporter. Anything can be posted and shared. ...

Hathai Techakitteranun

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