Masato Kajimoto, PhD (Sociology) | 鍛治本正人 (博士|社会学)

Associate Professor of Practice | 副教授

HKU Journalism (Journalism & Media Studies Centre, the University of Hong Kong) |香港大學 新聞及傳媒研究中心

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Specialized Area of Research and Expertise

  • Mis/disinformation Ecosystem, Press Freedom, News Literacy, Fact-checking, Media Sociology.

  • With a strong regional focus on countries in Asia.

Key Projects

  • Annie Lab: Student-driven fact-checking project at HKU Journalism. An IFCN verified signatory since January 2022.

  • ANNIE (Asian Network of News & Information Educators): A not-for-profit educational organization registered in Hong Kong.

  • Making Sense of the News — News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens: A Coursera course launched in January 2017.

Selected Publications

  • "Fact-checking as a means to fight disinformation: Trends and challenges amid political turmoil and elections in Asia," The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, 3 August 2022.

  • "Faster facts: The rapid expansion of fact-checking in Asia," in News in Asia, Judith Neilson Institute, 15 September 2021.

  • "A public health research agenda for managing infodemics," JMIR Infodemiology, http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/30979. (Co-author) (2021).

  • 「政治性を避けて通れないアジアのファクトチェック」フォーサイト, 7 July 2021

  • 消えゆく一国二制度と言論の自由」Voice 6月号 (PHP研究所) , 10 May 2021

  • 「香港で「逃げ恥」新春SPが急遽放映中止に ― 揺れる『香港メディア』」フォーサイト, 17 April 2021

  • “MIL education in Asia: Exploration of policies and practices in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand” UNESCO. (2020)

  • “News literacy.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication (Journalism Studies). Oxford University Press.
    doi:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.848. Kajimoto, M., & Fleming, J. (2019).

  • “Information Disorder in Asia and the Pacific” SSRN. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3134581. Kajimoto. M., & Stanley, S. (eds) (2018)

  • “In East and Southeast Asia, misinformation is a visible and growing concern,“ Poynter Institute, 14 March 2017.

  • “A snap election (and global worries over fake news) spur fact-checking collaborations in Japan” Nieman Lab, 30 October 2017.

  • “A new fact-checking coalition is launching in Japan” Poynter Institute, 21 June 2017.

  • “Developing news literacy curricula in the age of social media in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Myanmar.” Journalism Education, 5(1), 136-154. (2016)

  • “The Freedom of Critical Thinking: Exploring Efforts to Teach American News Literacy Principles in Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Malaysia.” In M. Yildiz & J. Keengwe (eds), Handbook of Research on Media Literacy in the Digital World, IGI Global, Hershey, PA. Kajimoto, M., & Fleming, J. (2016).

  • “Creating a Global Community of News Literacy Practice.” In M. Yildiz & B. De Abreu (eds), Global Media Literacy in a Digital Age: Teaching Beyond Borders, Peter Lang. Kajimoto, M., Fleming, J. & Hornik, R. (2016).

  • “‘De-Americanizing’ News Literacy Using Local Media Examples to Teach Critical Thinking to Students in Different Socio-Cultural Environments.” Asia Pacific Media Educator, 24(2), 175-18. Kajimoto, M., & Hornik, R. (2014).

Media Appearance in 2019-2021

2022

  • 「假資訊法研究 民政局目標年中交建議 稱探討中英美星等經驗 顧問團身分不披露」明報, May 12.

  • 「『ウクライナが生物化学兵器を作っている』中国メディアのそんなニュースを信じていいのか」President Online, April 5.

  • "Fact-checking crucial to rebuilding trust in Thai media, say experts," The Nation (Thailand), April 4.

  • 「ロシア『偽情報』検証特集」 世界のニュース読み&深読み (Clubhouse official news), March 18.

2021

  • "Hong Kong ‘patriots’ election: 4 candidates see mysterious surge in Facebook followers," Hong Kong Free Press, December 18.

  • "Podcast: Fact or fiction: Overcoming health misinformation," The Economist, October 25.

  • 【以假新聞之名.2】誰為真假定分界:香港如何應對資訊漩渦?」立場新聞, August 19.

  • "Misinformation and Disinformation in Hong Kong: Is legislation the answer?" Forum jointly organized by HKU, CUHK, HKBU, July 7.

  • 「香港の言論・報道の自由は失われるのか 香港国家安全維持法による取り締まり」NHK, June 28.

  • 「報評會沒免責權 執委自言無牙虎 憂遭告誹謗「就住」查失實 一直爭取賦權不果」明報, May 18.

  • 「官員聲聲假新聞 學者憂立法意在傳媒 半年提13次 林鄭稱研究他國做法 鄧炳強稱關乎國安」明報, May 17.

  • "Coronavirus: ‘vaccine bubble’ incentives aren’t enough, Hong Kong must get creative to dispel rumours, share facts about jabs, experts say," South China Morning Post, May 13.

  • "Chinese-made vaccines are being subject to misleading narratives," First Draft, May 11.

  • "Policies and Practices: Futures of Media and Information Literacy," UNESCO webinar, April 27 ..

  • "Who defines ‘fake news’ in Hong Kong, and is a law needed? Calls for legislation spark fears of curbs on media, critics," South China Morning Post, April 24

  • "WHO public health research agenda for managing infodemics," World Health Organization (WHO), February 3

  • 謠言、假消息、陰謀論,香港如何跌入後真相旋渦?」端傳媒, January 25.

  • 【美國國會山莊事件之後】能查or不能查 社群平台的政治人物豁免令受挑戰台灣事實查核中心, January 19.

  • "Researchers say Facebook should allow fact-checkers to fact-check politicians," Poynter, January 12.

2020

  • "Coronavirus: Cambodia ‘not shunning’ China vaccines," South China Morning Post, December 19.

  • "Media Literacy 101: Tools for combating fake news and disinformation," Ariana, November 26.

  • "Republic TV, FB, WhatsApp, YouTube: What Do They Have in Common?" Boom, November 26.

  • ファクトチェックの意義 「毒」取り出し注意喚起」毎日新聞, November 25.

  • "The role of media literacy in tackling health misinformation," Misinformation in Medicine Summit 2020, November 21.

  • "Fact-checkers under fire as some Hong Kong Trump supporters cry foul over US election," Hong Kong Free Press, November 14.

  • "Disinformation from China floods Taiwan’s most popular messaging app," Rappler, October 12.

  • "Global Fact Day 3: Fact-checkers discuss the unique challenges in Asia and Eastern Europe," Poynter, June 24.

  • 「專題一:【查核社群的超前部署】從武漢封城前兩天的一封簡訊說起」台灣事實查核中心, June 22.

  • "China battles to control nationalist narrative on social media," South China Morning Post, May 30.

  • "Coronavirus: experts disagree as Donald Trump insists virus came from Wuhan lab," The National, May 1.

  • "China has a massive 5G network but without the coronavirus conspiracy theories," Abacus, April 28.

  • "Online learning shift contends with Chinese internet restrictions," Times Higher Education, April 16.

  • "Asia cracks down on virus 'fake news'," AFP, April 10.

  • "China: Truth In A Pandemic," Al Jazeera, April 9.

  • 「新冠疫情的不實訊息與政治宣傳」台灣事實查核中心, April 6.

  • 「新型コロナ クルーズ船から羽田空港発で帰国した香港人8人に感染が確認されていた」Yahoo! News, March 23.

  • "Singapore introduced tough laws against fake news. Coronavirus has put them to the test," Washington Post, March 16.

  • "Singaporean brand releases offensive ad, berates users for complaining," campaign, February 25.

  • "Why a Chinese virology lab is unable to quell the coronavirus conspiracy theories around it," Quartz, February 21.

  • "Forecasting coronavirus spread; Dr Li Wenliang & China's crisis; Hong Kong's 'infodemic' of panic," SCMP Podcast, February 17.

  • "Coronavírus: Rumores atingem nível anormal, diz académico," Rádio Macau, February 10.

  • "Mythbusters: as Hong Kong coronavirus cases mount, so do social media falsehoods – the Post looks at a few doing the rounds," South China Morning Post, February 8.

  • "WeChat and Weibo fight coronavirus fake news," Abacus, February 5.

  • "As coronavirus spreads, so do spurious online claims about it in Hong Kong," South China Morning Post, January 31.

  • "Koksende Demonstranten, tote Vögel: Die Fake-News-Falle," SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, January 22.

2019

  • “Year in Review: ‘Hong Kong is inundated with potentially misleading content’,” First Drat, December 27.

  • "Social media tearing Hong Kong further apart," NHK World, December 16.

  • 「中國「假新聞」對香港內部影響有限 香港大學教授:不實資訊帶風向會失敗」Storm Media, December 9.

  • "Fake news amplifies fear and confusion in Hong Kong," AFP, November 21.

  • 「【2019亞洲事實查核專業論壇/學界反饋場】事實查核確保民主價值 導入AI協助判定不實訊息」Taiwan Fact Check Center, November 21.

  • "Hong Kong diary: behind the lines of a city gripped by protest" The Times, November 15.

  • "Hong Kong universities are walking a tightrope over student protests," Times Higher Education, November 14.

  • "'Be water': Hong Kong protesters learn from Bruce Lee," NHK World, November 13.

  • “How Fake News and Rumors Are Stoking Division in Hong Kong,” Bloomberg, November 12.

  • “The Hong Kong protests are the most live-streamed protests ever,” Quartz, November 11.

  • 「『後真相』時空下 誰來定義『假新聞』?」HK01, November 4.

  • 「全民記者時代下 專業媒體該如何自許」HK01, November 3.

  • “Hong Kong in Crisis: Professor Masato Kajimoto answers your questions,” Burnet News Club, The Economist, October 15.

  • “Hong Kong protests and ‘fake news’: in the psychological war for hearts and minds, disinformation becomes a weapon used by both sides,” South China Morning Post, October 14.

  • 「香港がフェイクニュースには踊らされない理由」東洋経済 (Toyo Keizai), September 30.

  • “How fake news have impacted the extradition bill protests,” The Pulse, RTHK, September 21.

  • “Las noticias falsas, el otro frente en la batalla de Hong Kong,” El País, September 17.

  • “China Daily newspaper criticised over claim Hong Kong protesters are planning 9/11 terror attack,” South China Morning Post, September 10.

  • 「中美貿易戰和香港抗議中「神秘博主」的魅影」BBC Chinese, August 21

  • “How Beijing wages its media assault on the credibility of the Hong Kong protesters," CBC Canada, August 16.

  • “Hong Kong protests put Chinese state media’s drive to win over an international audience to the test,” South China Morning Post, August 16.

  • 「香港示威:內地輿論攻勢高漲,助力港府並爭取民意」BBC Chinese, August 15.

  • “Hong Kong isn't just battling on the streets: There is also a war on misinformation online,” CNN, August 11.

  • “Fake news war divides, confuses in Hong Kong,” AFP, July 25.

  • “Misinformation amid Hong Kong protests: A Q&A with a researcher on the ground,” Poynter, July 11.

  • “Fake news ‘a symptom’ of political polarisation,” Radio 3, RTHK, July 4.

  • “Tactics to fight disinformation in Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines and India,” Global Ground Media, April 23.

  • "Battle for the truth," Global Ground Media, April 16.

  • "An Interview with Dr. Masato Kajimoto: Be a News Literate by Checking Your Facts," Cambodian Center for Independent Media, April 1.

  • "Quality journalism key to fighting fake news," Philippine News Agency, March 22.

  • "Information disorder is a serious issue in almost all Asian countries," Fojo Media Institute, January 22.