ASEAN-China are now more connected through social media, emerging technologies – Minister Fahmi

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PUTRAJAYA: “Connectivity is at the heart of our shared future and whether it’s through traditional media outlets, social media, or emerging technologies, the ASEAN nations and China are more interconnected than ever before,” said Minister of Communications and Digital, Fahmi Fadzil.

The minister said, this connectivity has the potential to drive economic growth, cultural exchange and social development.

“However, with great connectivity comes the need for great responsibility. We must address the challenges that arise with it, such as misinformation, cyber threats, and the potential misuse of media for divisive purposes.

“The ASEAN-China Media Week provides us with an opportunity to discuss these challenges openly, share best practices, and find collaborative solutions to navigate the complex media landscape of today.

“As we embark on this week of dialogue, learning, and collaboration, let us remember that our work in media carries a profound responsibility. Let us strive for excellence in our journalism, seek the truth, and uphold the principles of ethics and accountability,” he said in his speech when launching the Fifth ASEAN-China Media Week at Putrajaya International Convention Centre, Saturday.

“Through responsible and informed media, we can help build bridges that transcend borders and strengthen the ties between ASEAN and China. Let this event remind us of the incredible potential that lies within the world of media to bring about positive change and inspire greater understanding among all of us,” Fahmi reiterated.

Also present at the event, Teo Nie Ching Deputy Minister of Communications and Digital, Datuk Mohamad Fauzi Md. Isa Secretary General Ministry of Communications and Digital, Xiaowei Vice Minister National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) People’s Republic of China and Miao Qingwang Vice Governor The People’s Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region People’s Republic of China.

Earlier in his speech, Fahmi stressed that media, as a powerful tool of communication plays a pivotal role in shaping the perceptions and narratives that surround our nations.

“Through the ASEAN-China Media Week, we have the opportunity to not only highlight the richness and diversity of our cultures but also to challenge stereotypes and dispel misunderstandings. It is through open and honest conversations that we can pave the way for a more harmonious and cooperative future,” he said.

According to Fahmi the theme for this year’s ASEAN-China Media Week, “Sharing New Achievements, Jointly Creating New Audio-visual Experiences, and Building a New Home Together,” resonates profoundly with the values we hold dear: collaboration, innovation, and unity.

The minister added, throughout this week, the people will witness the remarkable accomplishments in international audio-visual exchanges manifested through a rich tapestry of activities spanning across Guangxi and Guangdong in China, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Hanoi in Vietnam, and various other locales.

“This endeavours, traversing the realms of both online and offline platforms, vividly demonstrate the formidable power of media in bridging cultures, transcending borders, and shaping the destiny of our shared future.

“In today’s globalized world, we must recognize the role of media as a bridge between nations.

Media serves as the vessel through which we can share our stories, experiences, and perspectives with the rest of the world. It is a conduit for information, culture, and values, which can transcend borders and build bridges of understanding,” he said.- Malaysia World News


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