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The role of newspapers in modern society

The role of newspapers in modern society

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Some people might argue that newspapers are obsolete, but Ong-Art Klampaiboon, Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office in Thailand, believes their role is more important than ever.

Ong-Art Klampaiboon

"The freedom and ease with which citizens of each country can keep in contact with one another, transmit news as they see it, express as well as shape views and opinions, is indeed a powerful phenomenon," said in an opening address to more than 500 publishers, chief editors and other newspaper executives attending the Publish Asia conference in Bangkok. "But at the same time, these informational tools can also be abused— such as when unverified information is spread rapidly in cyber-space and the blogosphere.

"This makes the role of newspapers as a source of fair, balanced, verifiable information and analysis even more important," he says. "When social media became all the rage, there was talk of the eventual decline – even demise – of newspapers--given the drop in circulation and advertising in many countries.

"But here in Asia, it appears you are holding your own. Not just holding, but also prospering. However, there is no room for complacency. Newspapers of this region must rise up to the challenge and embrace the changes. You all here play a key role in shaping progress in your respective countries in this ever-changing environment."


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Larry Kilman


2011-04-28 03:54

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