Based in Hong Kong in 1968, the institute counts practically 100 members worldwide, together with Sing Tao Every day, Ming Pao, Ta Kung Pao and Wen Wei Po.
Lam raised the prospect in February of adopting a pretend information regulation to fight the unfold of misinformation, a pattern she mentioned had elevated throughout the protests in 2019 and the coronavirus pandemic.
A number of pro-Beijing politicians have expressed help for the laws, however few particulars on how the regulation can be structured, together with defining what constitutes pretend information have emerged, whereas journalist teams have cautioned towards a doable erosion of press freedoms.
Lam referred to as on media retailers to play a much bigger function in tackling inaccurate content material.
“I believe the newspaper trade ought to additional take into account the general public curiosity. Moreover verifying the authenticity of the data and refusing to publish pretend information, it must also take the initiative to appropriate misinformation circulating within the society,” she mentioned.
Lam pointed to the Covid-19 vaccination drive as one space through which “credible” newspapers ought to fulfil their social accountability.
“When specialists have already agreed that residents needs to be vaccinated as quickly as doable, I hope that credible newspapers can actively use their affect on readers to encourage Hong Kong residents to get vaccinated,” she mentioned.
The town’s inoculation marketing campaign stays sluggish, with simply 66 per cent of eligible residents totally vaccinated, whereas the speed for residents of their seventies is 44 per cent, and people aged 80 or above at simply 17 per cent.
Lam additionally vowed that her administration would make authorities data extra pleasant to the general public and supply clearer and extra well timed interpretation and steerage, which might permit residents to extra simply grasp crucial updates.
In discussing choices in tackling pretend information with public broadcaster RTHK on Wednesday, Chief Secretary John Lee Ka-chiu mentioned the federal government most well-liked to undertake a self-regulatory mannequin or an strategy that concerned demanding the elimination of content material and flagging contentious data fairly than criminalisation.
However journalism teachers expressed scepticism over his suggestion, saying it remained unclear who would decide what constituted misinformation.
The federal government ought to spend money on bettering the general public’s media literacy and help civil teams keen to supply fact-checking companies as an alternative, they mentioned.