How the Media is Shaping the South China Sea Discourse
From 08.30 - 09.45 (GMT)
At Hanoi, Vietnam
Public awareness and opinion have become an important aspect of the South China Sea. The media (e.g. journalists, scholars, film directors, etc.) are no longer mere observers but have become stakeholders in the South China Sea issue with powers to influence public perception and countries’ policies. There has been a growing tendency by different players to use the media to tell different narratives of the South China Sea with the aim of shaping public perception and opinion and favour of one’s own policies. For the first time, the South China Sea Conference is inviting members of the Media to participate at the Conference as ‘insiders’ of the South China Sea issues. The speakers are expected to focus on the following issues: (i) the similarities and differences in the narratives promoted by different stakeholders; (ii) the roles and limitation of the media, especially the social media in helping convey the “right message” to the public, and how to deal with the limitations (e.g. how to deal with fake news and disinformation); (iii) what roles the media can and should play to promote peace, stability and the rule of law in the South China Sea?
Dr. Prashanth Parameswaran, Senior Columnist, The Diplomat and Fellow, Wilson Center’s Asia Program.