The 8th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable is themed “Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity” (
Ulaanbaatar (VNA) –Editors from Vietnamplus, an e-newspaper of the Vietnam News Agency, and their colleagues from Asian and European media outlets discussed the roles and responsibility of journalists when reporting during the 8th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable, held recently in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

The 8th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable, themed “Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity”, was organised in conjunction with the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM11) on July 7-9.

About 20 senior commentators from esteemed media houses including Wenhui Daily (China), Frontline Magazine (India), The Jakarta Post (Indonesia), The Independent (Ireland), the Mongolian National Public Radio & Television, The Straits Times (Singapore), BBC (United Kingdom) and Vietnam Plus (Vietnam News Agency) participated in the event.

"We explored possibilities for linkages between Asian and European media to expand beyond geographical boundaries reaching out to more readers in both continents”, highlighted Ambassador Zhang Yang, Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).

Dr Mike McCLUSKEY, International Media and Broadcast Consultant and moderator of the 8th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable, presented the preliminary results from the “Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity Survey”.

This survey reveals that the Asian community has a higher perceived rate of continuous usage of social media at 40 percent, with the European at 24. Over 50 percent of journalists say they have collaborated with a journalist from the other region. However, 54 percent of the ones not collaborating say that they do not know who to collaborate with. This survey aims to analyse the current practices of journalists and readers from Asia and Europe and is open to new submissions from journalists until August 15, 2016.

The roundtable is the ASEF’s top media project and taps into the media's influence in creating images and impressions, and in stimulating communication and dialogue between people.

Since its inception in 1997, it has engaged editors and senior commentators representing respected print, broadcast and new media from Asia and Europe.

Vietnamplus is one of the websites offering national official information, which is visited by the highest number of readers from the variety of countries. It is the largest multilingual online newspaper in Vietnam, with news presented in Vietnamese, English, Chinese, French and Spanish.-VNA