Spokesper­sons told to work with the me­dia as ‘part­ners’

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL - Mech Dara

THE Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment ha s told spokesper­sons at gov­ern­ment min­istries not to rega rd jou r na l ist s as r iva ls, but rat her, as part­ners worki ng to dis­semi nate news to t he pub­lic.

The min­istr y’s sec­re­tar y of state a nd spokesma n Net h Pheak­tra said t his at a work­shop d is­cus­sion u nder t he theme Ac­tive spokesman leads to the ef fec­tive main­te­nance and pro­mo­tion of sovereignt y, in­de­pen­dence and na­tional pride.

Be­ing held on Wed­nes­day in Ph­nom Penh, the work­shop has some 60 spokesper­sons at­tend­ing from min­istries, in­sti­tu­tions and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of lo­cal me­dia.

Pheak­tra said spokesper­sons have a cru­cial role in ex­plain­ing to the pub­lic the po­si­tions of their re­spec­tive min­istries [on var­i­ous top­ics].

“We have real and cor­rect in­for­ma­tion, but if we do not have a way to ex­press, speak and share it, our in­for­ma­tion will be spoiled and no one wants to eat that.

“We need to work with me­dia and can­not con­sider jour­nal­ists as our ri­vals. We have to re­gard them as our part­ners to dis­sem­i­nate news to the pub­lic. We also have to lis­ten to out­side in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

The press, Pheak­thra said, plays a cru­cial role as a mir­ror that re­flects and brings peo­ple ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion.

“Some­times, re­ports from sub­or­di­nates can be fake or just lies, but this will cause their su­pe­ri­ors to wrongly as­sess such re­ports. Hence, our de­ci­sion will be wrongly made as well.

“The press will join in to fill in the gaps, so we need to use a strat­egy to co­op­er­ate and stand firm whether the con­tent of the re­port is for or against the gov­ern­ment.”

He sug­gested that heads of the in­sti­tu­tions re­lease in­for­ma­tion through their spokesper­sons, who are win­dows through which the pub­lic can ob­tain in­for­ma­tion from the var­i­ous gov­ern­ment min­istries.

HENG CHIVOAN

Some 60 spokesper­sons from gov­ern­ment min­istries at­tend a work­shop on Wed­nes­day.

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