Journalists advised to fact check to curb fake news, hate speech

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This was contained in a communique issued at the end of the 7th Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company-(KRPC) workshop, organised for media practitioners.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two-day workshop which was held in Kano, drew participants from media practitioners from Kaduna, Abuja, Kano, Kebbi and Katsina states.

NAN also reports that the theme of the workshop was: ‘Media Laws: Ethics and Challenges of Hate Speech.’NAN reports that after intense intellectual and highly interactive sessions, some resolutions were adopted in a communique.

According to the communique; “fake news and hate speech exist, and are being perpetrated by professional and non-professional journalists, which has created a threat to credibility and journalism profession, democracy as well as unity, peace and overall national development.

“The lack of upholding the tenets of the profession and decline of the conventional media practice, were responsible for the trending of fake news and hate speech.

“Organizational and personal development, training and re-training, empowerment with modern equipment, improved remuneration and emerging technology will enable journalists perform their duties adequately and combat the current trend of fake news and hate speech.

“Media practitioners should note that sometimes fake news, usually disguised, might be completely false or have an element of fact, ” the communique read.

The communique said; “fake news and hate speech, often times ignites avoidable violence and destruction of lives and property.”

Its noted that journalists have a responsibility to hold the political and public officials accountable.

“Media and related laws should be reviewed, rather than striving to halt global technological surge that is unstoppable.

“Journalists should own up to their mistakes and proactively correct such mistakes, retract and apologise, if and when the need arises.”

According to the communique. “though the new media has come to stay, what the conventional media should do is to key-in and align itself with new media in such a way that bad excesses of the social media can effectively be checked.

” Media practitioners are tasked to go back to the basics, especially on ethical standard.

“Practitioners must act with integrity by being honest, courageous and also thorough in news gathering.

“Allegiance of journalists should be to the public and not to any other body.

“Though anonymity is allowed but journalists should be wary of anonymous sources that could be fake,” it added.

” Journalists must always adhere strictly to the ethics of the profession and also report above their interest.

“They must report objectively by being truthful, accurate and unbiased in the discharge of their duties.

“Media practitioners should inculcate the habit of editorial independence.

“Practitioners are to upgrade their standards of reportage, as they have better opportunities to report accurately and promptly, ahead of non-professionals

“The media should be used for the common good of all and strive to control the narratives and shaping of viewpoints.

“Media owners should invest in artificial intelligence, 3D animation, fibre optics, broad band and news/ programmes management software.

“Media management should invest in digital strategies and use variety means of transmission.

“Management should ensure at least 50 per cent presence online and be fast in breaking the story.

“Practitioners should not take the public for granted, as sophistication of viewership, readership and listenership, is on the increase, ” the communique read.NAN reports that the communique was signed by Godwin Isenyo of Punch newspapers and Asmau Iyawo Halilu of Voice of Nigeria, among other members

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  • Sabastine Mmokwugwo December 24, 2019 11:01:35 AM
    This is very good rourmours need to be reduced because it can cause serious chaos among people in the society
  • akaeze ugochukwu December 24, 2019 09:38:35 AM
    Nice update
  • Loveth Nikky December 24, 2019 09:26:00 AM
    Interesting
  • Christian Appollos December 24, 2019 09:13:56 AM
    Nice update
  • Princewill Nnamdi December 24, 2019 09:09:40 AM
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  • Onoja wisdom December 24, 2019 08:18:13 AM
    Nice update
  • Abah Emmanuel December 24, 2019 07:53:39 AM
    Leave a comment.. OK candy
  • Taofeeq Tajudeen December 24, 2019 07:34:23 AM
    Even this hate speech is an act of corruption
  • Michelle Ezinne December 24, 2019 07:14:27 AM
    Good update
  • Ayomide Samuel Aina December 24, 2019 07:11:56 AM
    Nice update
  • Abdulganiyu mustapha December 24, 2019 07:11:07 AM
    That's good
  • Stephen mercy December 24, 2019 07:10:41 AM
    respectively
  • Akinmola Oluwaseun December 24, 2019 06:47:46 AM
    nice update
  • Ademola seun December 24, 2019 06:12:58 AM
    Nice update
  • Adegbe Abraham December 24, 2019 05:46:02 AM
    Thanksgiving
  • Chukwuemeka George December 24, 2019 05:29:41 AM
    thanks for the update
  • Daniel Nduka December 24, 2019 04:39:35 AM
    Good news
  • Olusegun Faith December 24, 2019 04:13:13 AM
    Nice update
  • Isaiah Mboro December 24, 2019 03:29:35 AM
    Great information
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