ASEAN media outlets and practitioners need to cooperate closely to help social media users analyse content with critical intelligence and assess its truthfulness, it was stated here Wednesday.

Vientiane Times editor-in-chief Thonglor Duangsavanh said they could share, among others, technology, culture, values, media ethics and criminal law to educate millions of social media users.

“By practising this, the ASEAN media as well as the people can move together towards a prosperous future.

“The media plays an important role in enhancing relations and collaboration among people not only in the region but also around the world,” he said on the final day of the two-day inaugural ASEAN Editors’ Summit 2016 here.

Duangsavanh was one of the speakers at a session titled ‘Promoting One ASEAN Community through New Media’ moderated by Strategic Communications practitioner Zainul Arifin Mohammed Isa.

Furthermore, Duangsavanh said, even though new media provided timely news and reflected both positive and negative issues that reached a large audience, sometimes the information was also incorrect.

“I strongly believe that the success of this cooperation to educate social media users can only be achieved when there is full participation and support from all the ASEAN member states,” he added.

Rappler managing director Zulfiani Lubis said the new media has become a fast news channel attracting more readers especially among the younger generation who were adept at using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

“Social media users can share all kinds of news, not only in written form but also pictures and videos. They are close knit because they constantly communicate with one another,” she said.