08.10.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Timor-Leste Press Council Prepares Social Media Guidelines

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Experts from Indonesia met with the Timor-Leste Press Council in Dili to discuss and prepare a guideline on social media usage for media companies and journalists.

Ms. Chelsia Chan, an expert from the Indonesian Press Council and Mr. Lukas Luwarso, instructor and member of the Supervisory Board at the Dr. Soetomo Press Institute were invited to Timor-Leste to share their experience and expertise to their peers in the Timor-Leste Press Council.

The guideline is a response to the growing use of social media in Timor-Leste including by journalistic community which has caused certain tension including the use of unverified information obtained from social media platforms. This guideline is expected to complement the Journalistic Code of Ethics in Timor-Leste and to strengthen the professional standards of all journalists in the country.

In order to receive input from the wider journalistic community, a focus group session with the Timorese journalists was held on the 4 October at the premise of the press council. This draft guideline will be subsequently be opened for public consultation via electronic

As social media continues to affect how journalism has traditionally operated and create new dynamic in the flow of information, UNESCO has recently published the “Journalism, ‘Fake News’, and Disinformation” handbook to provide journalism educators new tools to augment their teaching.

This meeting is part of the ongoing 3-year project “Strengthening Media Self-Regulatory Mechanisms in Timor-Leste” supported by the Netherlands and implemented by UNESCO Office in Jakarta.




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