PENAMPANG – The Archbishop’s Communications Office (ArchComms) of Singapore organised a second Veritas Workshop on untangling fake news livestreamed to Malaysia and Brunei on 28 June 2018.
This was the first joint activity of the three countries after the Regional Commission of Social Communications Meeting held in Keningau on 18-21 June 2018. The theme of that meeting was based on Pope Francis’ message for World Communications Day 2018.
In his 2018 World Communications Day message, Pope Francis focused on fake news and journalism for peace. In support of the Holy Father’s call to fight fake news and its pervasiveness, ArchComms held the 1st VERITAS Workshop: Untangling Fake News on 14 Apr 2018. The aim of the workshop was to highlight the different types of fake news, what is the truth, and how as individuals we can do our part to stop the spread of fake news.
ArchComms decided to conduct a second run of the workshop on June 28, linked up with Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Brunei, Sibu, Kuching, Keningau, Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu. The presenters were Michelle Voo and Estella Young, a professed Third Order Dominican, with Andre Anchak opening and closing the session.
The organisers hoped that this would be the start of more opportunities to link up with the different arch/dioceses under the Bishops Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei on common topics of interest.