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.


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



  • 1

    Various faces of misinformation

  • 2

    Fact checking initiatives

  • 3

    Partnerships for improving the digital news ecosystem

  • 4

    Media literacy

  • 5

    Legal and regulatory framework

Keep it Real: Truth and Trust in the Media