Statement of PEN Myanmar (3/2020)

Statement of PEN Myanmar (3/2020)
17th of April 2020, Yangon, Myanmar
Encouraging the prevention of Fake News, Misinformation, Disinformation and Hate Speech

  1. We can see there is a lot of fake news, misinformation, disinformation, and scams about the disclosures of the Global Pandemic of COVID-19. In addition to addressing issues related to Pandemic, we also find discrimination of the hate speech in terms of/among race, ethnicity, political and sexual orientations which were also mentioned. Besides, discrimination against health workers and volunteers were also reported.
  2. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, states that: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression. It is a responsibility and the responsibility of other’s Rights, Integrity, Public Safety; Agreements and contracts are explicitly defined in which International standards must be followed to avoid harm to health and harmony.
  3. Therefore, PEN Myanmar strongly urged for regarding fake news, misinformation, disinformation, and scams about the Global Pandemic of COVID-19 where everyone should be careful about Hate Speech and Harmful words and we should only share the correct information. We should not  believe the news easily and it should be checked by the source of the news and authorities who release information: Armed Groups and relevant organization should publish information in a timely and accurate manner and use our rights to freedom of expression where we should fight against the danger of hate speech, misinformation and fake news.

PEN Myanmar Center