Press Council to focus on ‘fake news’

21 November 2018
Press Council to focus on ‘fake news’
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Myanmar Press Council announced Tuesday that it will focus on exposing people in Myanmar who produce fake news to manipulate public opinion, following the filing of a complaint by authorities in Mandalay region about an apparently phony social media report critical of the local government, RFA reported.

The report about the business community questioning the legitimacy of tenders won by companies owned by the regional chief minister’s family was published on the Facebook page of the Daily News Myanmar on Nov. 11.

The MPC — an independent media adjudication body that mediates press disputes, promotes journalism ethics, and protects journalists — began an inquiry after the Mandalay regional government secretary filed a request on Nov. 16 on behalf of Chief Minister Zaw Myint Maung for the council to review the matter.