Masato Kajimoto, PhD (Sociology) | 鍛治本正人 (博士｜社会学)
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.
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.
"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).
Media Appearance in 2019-2021
"Researchers say Facebook should allow fact-checkers to fact-check politicians," Poynter, January 12.
"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.
“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.