World Radio day :Journalist warned against spreading fake news

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The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education (FME), Arch. S.T Echono
is urging journalist to be balance in their reportage, as this is key to achieving sustainable peace and conflict resolution in the society.
Arch. Echono who was represented by the Director Planning, Research, and Development FME, Mrs. Christiana Ogbeide who made this known in at the commemoration of the 2019 World Radio Day.
He disclosed that fair and transparent reportage of event to the public will promote peace and tolerance, thereby reducing conflicts which will result from fake news.
He also enjoined journalist to practice journalism in line with the ethics of the profession , by providing credible and accurate information to the public without being biased or partial.
The Director General National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mallam Is’haq Kawu called on media practitioners to always fact check news before posting to the public.
“The role of the media at this juncture cannot be overemphasized. The media plays a very significant role in the peaceful co-existence of any given society. The media should work towards maintaining peace in the society, not creating conflict”.
He charged journalist to report objectively, giving the right information as accurate as possible, so as to maintain balance in its reportage.
Broadcasters must ensure that all sides to any issue of public interest be equitably presented to ensure fairness and balance, he added.
The National Secretary, Nigerian Union of Journalist, Mr. Gbemiga Bamidele while speaking on accuracy and timeliness of news story, said that it is very important for journalists to know that there is need to sift facts and information.
Information should be weighed up, and sound editorial judgments should be made about the issue at hand.
The Acting Chair of the Media and Information Literacy Coalition of Nigeria, Mr Chido Onumah called on journalist not to spread fake news, especially with the advent of social media.
“Media practitioners should not be quick in spreading false information as the general elections is fast approaching .
Journalist must not just report news on surface but go further into investigative journalism.”

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