In a “post-truth” world with “fake news” on the rise, and media accountability and credibility falling under question, free, independent and professional journalism has never been more important.

Wisnu Nugroho Kompas
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How should journos and public relations respond?

Oxford Dictionaries defines post-truth as an “adjective relating to circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than emotional appeals’. It was used twenty times more in 2016 compared with the previous year.

The rise of fake news, attacks on the media and bad behaviour by some parts of the press have created a uniquely perilous time for journalism. We see people who don’t have the brains to distinguish facts from fiction.

In the social media era, everybody publishes whatever they want. Fake news websites are widely common, publishing lies and fabricated news. Far-right politicians in the post-truth era appeal to emotions and impose personal views; they hide the truth and convince people of what is untrue.

Where do mainstream media organisations stand in the post-truth era? How do they maintain people’s trust, identity, credibility and originality?

Maverick’s team asked Wisnu Nugroho, Chief Editor of Kompas.com, about this issue.

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