US Ambassador to Dhaka Peter Haas attended a workshop for young journalists on fact-checking. At one point in the event, Peter Haas added a picture of a duck in his place and provided laughter.
Peter Haas was sharing his experience about mistakes and misinformation in the workshop at the BYLC office in Mohakhali, capital, on Thursday afternoon. At one point in the speech, he showed on the screen what it would look like if a picture of a duck in a suit and tie was put in place of him in his biography. ‘Because we can have some fun…if you see a news story that says—I’m changing the portrait on my official biography and it looks like this,’ the US ambassador said with a laugh. It’s not Ambassador Duck, it’s Ambassador Haas.
Incidentally, the United States has insisted on free and fair elections long before the 12th National Parliament elections. Ambassador Peter Haas has presented this position of his country to various stakeholders of Bangladesh. Leaders of various levels of Awami League and its affiliated organizations gave a ‘swan’ speech while talking about Peter Haas before the election. Peter Haas also cheerfully pointed out the similarity of the duck with the pronunciation of his name.
A three-day TechCamp workshop organized by the US Embassy in Dhaka taught 50 young journalists about countering misinformation, fact-checking and artificial intelligence (AI) best practices.
The TechCamp is organized by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in partnership with the Global Youth Leadership Center (GYLC) Inc.
While speaking on the last day of the workshop, the US ambassador said that he fell into irony due to various false and incorrect information. He mentioned that especially in Bangladesh, after various discussions, his speech does not appear properly in the media.
Peter Haas said, ‘I often see here, people go to meetings with me and I see in the newspaper the next day, Peter Haas said X-Y-Z but I didn’t say anything like that. No one fact-checks with us and says—did you really say that? Or what did you say? This is a great example. Sometimes it is harmful.’
He mentioned the existence of at least 10 fake Facebook pages in the name of the US Embassy in Dhaka, a fake X (former Twitter) account in his own name and a fake Instagram account in the name of the US Embassy.
“This is very important,” said Peter Haas, pointing to the publication of articles and news in Bangladesh under the name of a fake person and Russia’s disinformation in the 2016 US presidential election. We, the United States, are not exempt from this. Incidents of false information and disinformation are common.
According to the prothomalo