Keep it Real: Truth and Trust in the Media

Keep it Real: Truth and Trust in the Media

19 Jun 2017
Singapore Management University (School of Law)


The rise of fake news has become a pressing danger ​to modern societies. This timely two-day event brings together policymakers, news industry players and other stakeholders to explore concrete initiatives designed to fight the spread of misinformation in Asia.

From deliberate hoaxes created to cause mischief or make money, to media outlets re-circulating unverified or erroneous content, the misinformation ecosystem can take ​on ​many different faces. Often​, ​people may not even know they are being exposed to ​questionable ​facts.

News media, in cooperation with tech companies, universities, foundations and civil society, can turn ​this challenge into an opportuni​ty​​ to improve their journalism practices in the social media era, strengthening their credibility and ​serving their communities better.
The event will feature practical fact-checking projects from Asia and around the world, discuss what internet companies, journalism schools, government agencies and independent organisations are doing to improve media literacy and provide our societies with reliable facts to help lay the foundations of a constructive public debate.


  • CNN Freelance News Anchor
  • Director Asia, WAN-IFRA
  • Chairman of the Media Literacy Council
  • Lecturer, Journalism & Media Studies Centre, Hong Kong University
  • Director, CrowdTangle Asia Pacific
  • Associate Professor, Singapore Management University, School of Law
  • Iain Martin
    Asia Editor, Storyful, Hong Kong
  • Social Media Editor, Agence France Presse (AFP)
  • CEO of InterVeritas Intl
  • Editor and Publisher, The Daily Star, Bangladesh
  • Associate Professor, Coordinator of MSc (International Relations) Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University
  • Fiona Chan
    Head of Analytics, Customer Experience and Business Operations, Singapore Press Holdings
  • Google News Lab Lead, APAC
  • Political Editor, The Straits Times
  • Strategic Partnerships, Facebook
  • Minister for Home Affairs & Minister for Law
  • Founder, and fact-checker at Correctiv
  • Foreign Editor, The Straits Times
  • Associate Opinion Editor, The Straits Times
  • Managing Editor, News Strategy and Operations, Asia, Reuters
  • Senior Librarian, National Library
  • CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler, Philippines
  • Assistant Archivist, National Archives Singapore
  • Editor-in-Chief, The Straits Times & SPH's English/Malay/Tamil Media Group, Singapore



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    Various faces of misinformation

  • 2

    Fact checking initiatives

  • 3

    Partnerships for improving the digital news ecosystem

  • 4

    Media literacy

  • 5

    Legal and regulatory framework