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Misuse of Technology Threatening Media Practice in Nigeria, Lai Mohammed Laments – Legit.ng

  • The federal government is about to step up efforts to help curb the rampant rate of quackery in the media
  • Media and other related organizations have done so, urging them to join forces with the federal government to fight fake news
  • Fake news is rapidly becoming a major threat to world peace, and the federal government of Nigeria calls for a fact-check-based journalism

FCT, Abuja – To reshape journalism and the To combat the incessant rate of fake news, the Nigerian federal government has urged news outlets to foster a culture of fact-checking news before dissemination.

The Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this call on Friday, the 10 June in Abuja at the Institutional Interaction Workshop to celebrate World Press Freedom Day 2022.

The Minister who was not present at the event was informed by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Dr. Ifeoma Anyanwutaku, competently represented.

He said:

“May I ask you, great members of the fourth estate of the realm, always those at your disposal sources of information available as we are in the era of citizen journalism where anyone could hide behind their electronic devices to send unverified and mostly fake news. The urgent need for every organization to set up a fact check cannot therefore be overstated.”

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He went further to the unrolling the plight and ordeal of the true professionals who endure many dangers in the line of duty.

Mohammed urged the judiciary to help bring justice to those who have suffered casualties while serving the good job of journalism.

He said:

“I reiterated the great pain I feel when I hear from journalists being attacked on duty or I have therefore urged our lordships to ensure swift justice for those found guilty of these heinous acts, so that the family and friends of the deceased may find comfort in the fact that justice was properly served. “

Media and government must work together – Lai Mohammed

Mohammed, however, explained that the media would benefit a lot from working with the government rather than relying on possible ones Isolate cooperation with the government.

He said:

“As I have said again and again, the media have nothing to fear from the federal government because we see media practitioners as partners in progress, rather than adversaries.

“You may wish to know that journalists from public and private media organizations have benefited from symposia and workshops under our supervision aimed at honing their skills and to broaden the range of their abilities.”

FG meets Facebook team, makes important call for IPOB activities

In another development, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed held a crucial meeting with a Facebook team.

At the meeting the Information Minister said, urging Facebook officials to stop allowing IPOB to use their platforms to incite violence.

Mohammed said the Nigerian government would close Facebook and other social Closely monitor media platforms to ensure compliance.

Like Twitter, all social media platforms operated in Nigeria must be regulated – Lai Mohammed

Information Minister Mohammed made this disclosure in Cairo during a meeting with his counterpart, the Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Amir Talaat.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of a bilateral discussion with Africa Export Import Bank, Afreximbank, on how Nigeria can access finance to to support its growing creative industry.

Source: Legit.ng