Ayesha Kabir, head of content at English Web of Prothom Alo, presented a keynote paper. Citing the rush of newsroom to publish breaking news, Ayesha suggested media outlets to deliver authentic content as it is crucial to let the readers and viewers able to learn the truth.

With the meteoric rise of fake news on trending social media apps, people now look to the mainstream media for accuracy of information, Ayesha Kabir noted.

Another keynote speaker Shafqat Munir, a BIPSS research fellow and head of the Bangladesh Centre for Terrorism Research, pointed out how the credibility of news information seemed more important during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Social media has the largest density of fake news and this is quite concerning,” he remarked.

Participants of the workshop voiced a number of opinions ranging from the responsibility of the state to ensure genuine media content to intentional publication of fake news by media outlets to bolster consumer viewership.

The workshop concluded with participants receiving certificates for their participation and new wisdom on how to combat misinformation, the release said.

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