Vietnam News Agency’s Anti-Misinformation Project awarded International Prize

A special anti-fake news project from the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) has been named Best Project for News Literacy within the Asian Digital Media Awards 2020, organised by the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). The prize will be officially announced at WAN-IFRA’s Digital Media Asia 2020 event on October 15.

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The VNA project consists of three components: a multilingual anti-fake news song, a TikTok account called Factcheckvn targeting the younger generation, and a training program called “Say No to Fake News”.

The song titled “No Fake News” gained significant attention upon its release on March 27. It was followed by versions in 13 other languages, including English, French, Spanish, Russian, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Thai, Indonesian, Lao, and Khmer, each with its own subtitles.

The release of the song also marked the introduction of VNA’s official TikTok account, Fackcheckvn, in April. The account specifically aims to engage with Generation Z and has garnered hundreds of thousands of views, with one video reaching 1.4 million views.

The “Say No to Fake News” program, led by VNA’s youth union, educates primary, secondary, and high school students on identifying and responding to false news reports on social media. A significant number of students from schools nationwide have registered to participate in the program.

Initially organized for 100 secondary students in Da Nang last December, the program has now expanded to include schools in HCM City, Hanoi, Hai Phong, Can Tho, and Dong Thap provinces.

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