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Journalists Urged To Ensure Strict Adherence To Professional Ethics As A Means To Curbing The Menace Of Fake News

Journalists have been urged to adhere strictly to the ethics of the profession in checking the spread of fake news. This advice was given in lagos by speakers at the ongoing Fact Checking training for Journalists in Lagos organized by Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism.

 

In his remarks during one of the sessions, one of the facilitators, Mr. Babatunde Akintunde harped on the importance of journalists distinguishing between and fake news before sharing information, especially in an era where the menace of fake news is fast spreading.

 

Another facilitator, a veteran journalist, Mr. Gbemiga Ogunleye pointed out that it would be beneficial if journalists remained true to the extant codes of conduct guiding their profession by holding government to account, it would restore the credibility of news in the society.

 

Other facilitators at the training, Mr. Deji Adekunle and the Editor-In-Chief of Premium Times, Mr. Musikilu Mojeed, in their presentations, emphasized the need for journalists in Nigeria to constantly update their knowledge especially in the usage of data and other tools, and familiarize themselves with strategies for practicing investigative journalism.

 

The Programmes Manager, Advocacy and Accountability of Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), Mr. Mboho Eno urged journalists redouble their efforts in tackling the scourge of disinformation and misinformation as the nation fights battles the menace of corruption.

 

Our Correspondent Immanuel Odeyemi reports that all the facilitators unanimously agreed that journalists must see the unbiased discharge of their duties as a social and moral obligation to the public.

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