Does that relegate traditional news outlets to the role of following and fact checking what’s happening in social media? People are always looking for reliable sources, and reputation goes a long way online. When Twitter’s servers are working at full capacity, it is simply the fastest information dispersal medium there is. Unless you’re there when it happens or watching it live on TV, you’re likely to hear about it first on Twitter.But both blogs and Twitter have a credibility problem.
Most effective, he suggested, might be the establishment of an international mechanism at the regional level to complement national systems.Also today, in his statement, the Secretary General announced that, in the wake of what he called the “savage rape and assault” on civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, he was dispatching Assistant Secretary General Atul Khare to work with Special Representative Roger Meece and report back on how to increase protection of civilians. He also requested that the seriously consider what more could be done to prevent further such appalling crimes.In addition, the meeting began with a moment of silence in memory of the Parliament of Somalia and civilians who perished yesterday as a result of the attack on the Muna Hotel in Mogadishu. Somalia’s representative thanked the Secretary General, the members of the and the international community for the sympathy expressed and their engagement with his country in the interest of its security and stability.Also speaking today were the representatives of China, United States, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Uganda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, United Kingdom, Brazil, France, Nigeria, Austria, Gabon, Denmark, South Africa, Norway, Ukraine, Singapore, Seychelles, United Republic of Tanzania, India, Philippines, Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea.Representatives of the delegation of the European Union and the Permanent Observer for the African Union also made statements.The full text of presidential statement S/PRST/2010/16 reads as follows:”The continues to be gravely concerned by the threat that piracy and armed robbery at sea against vessels pose to the situation in Somalia and other States in the region, as well as to international navigation and the safety of commercial maritime routes.”The strongly believes that persons responsible for acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, including those who incite or intentionally facilitate such acts, should be brought to justice, and considers in this regard that the effective prosecution of suspected pirates and their supporters may deter future pirate attacks.