Dimapur, April 27: Senior journalist, Kallol Dey today pointed out that with the rise of social media platforms disseminating misinformation and disinformation freely, it has become important for every journalist check the facts before taking it as granted.
Addressing Dimapur-based journalists during a “fact checking training to combat tide of disinformation and fake news in India” here at Hotel Saramati, Dey said that it is the responsibility of the journalists to debunk the fake news as people trust in them and trained the participants how the news circulating in the social media platforms and even in mainstream media can be verified for their genuineness.
The training was hosted by the Dimapur Press Club with Kallol Dey as the trainer, who is part of GNI training network and is also one of the 240 selected journalists and journalism educators of the GNI India Training Network trained by Google in 2018.
“Fake news affects people and as a journalist we have an important role at the end of the day to debunk the fake news but we have failed to do so while failing to make use of technology to our advantage” Dey acknowledged.
He said as a journalist, there was no excuse for remaining disconnected with the rest of the country as the journalists now are more empowered with technology than before.
Dey asserted that “the moment we endorse fake news we bring damage and it was our duty to give right information to people for them to take the right decision”.
He expounded on misinformation and disinformation wherein he clarified that misinformation is false information but the person who is disseminating the information believes it to be true whereas disinformation is false information and the person who is disseminating it knows it is false, a deliberate intention to lie.
He demonstrated step-by-step methods to approach information taking the aid of various online resources and resources of Google to fact-check them.
About 28 journalists from different media houses of the state took part in the day-long training.
Meanwhile, DPC has thanked Kallol Dey for conducting the training programme for the journalists in Dimapur.
(Page News Service)