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Surin says Asia needs media ‘to keep us on track’


Asean Secretary-General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan on Tuesday said Asia has become the fastest growing region of social media users in the world.

Dr. Surin Pitsuwan  Photo: FacebookAsean-member states such as the Philippines and Malaysia have already achieved penetration rates of as much as 85 per cent for popular social media sites, he said.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Asia Media Summit 2012 in Bangkok, Surin noted that the rise of the middle class in Asean countries and their increased purchasing power point to its growing importance and role in the global economy, as well as the decision-making process.

"The media is the communicator for Asean – bringing the truth to the world and rolling out the news. Seen from a larger perspective, the media has contributed to Asean's growth politically, economically, socially, and culturally," he said.

The world is watching Asia, he said, and it needs “the media's watchful eyes, your critical minds – to keep us on track.”

The conference also received a letter from U.N. Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon, who stressed the importance of scrutiny by a responsible media in global affairs.

The media conference preceded the opening of the Asian World Economic Forum on Wednesday.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 May 2012 14:02 )  

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