Thai media networks urge all news outlets to observe rules of engagement in crisis situations


  • Thailand
  • Saturday, 14 Mar 2020

A man spraying disinfectant inside at Wat Pho temple as prevention after the coronavirus outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday (March 14). Media outlets in the country have been told to adhere to ethical standards in their reporting of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and to exercise caution to avoid creating widespread panic amongst readers and viewers. - Reuters

BANGKOK: Six Thai media associations on Saturday (March 14) issued a joint statement to remind all news outlets to adhere to ethical standards in their reporting of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and to exercise caution to avoid creating widespread panic amongst readers and viewers.

"We would also like to remind the media to exercise caution when reporting of the outbreak so that their actions do not impact upon the public interest or safety," said in the statement released on Saturday.

The media associations also called on the management of all media to give importance to the welfare of their editorial staff, and the safety of their field reporters assigned to high-risk areas, by providing them with adequate protective gear.

They also urged the Thai government to ensure that the information they disseminate to the public is accurate, credible and clear cut.

"We would also want to remind all media outlets to double check your resources and ensure your information is accurate and credible before publish or broadcast," said in the statement.

The media associations also advised the public to exercise caution when sharing information by cross-checking with other sources, such as multiple media organizations, to make sure the information is accurate and credible.

The six media organizations include the Press Council of Thailand, Thai Journalists Association of Thailand, the Broadcast Journalists of Thailand, the Online News Producers Association, the Broadcast Media Council of Thailand and the Thai Media Central Labour Union. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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