AS part of plans to checkmate and curb the spread of fake news, misinformation in the society and also to be able to hold government, organizations accountable, Premium Times Center for Investigation (PTCIJ) has tasked Nigeria journalists to be proactive on the need to use fact checking to curb the spread of fake news.
The group, through its resource persons in a training held in Awka, Anambra State, urged journalist to live up to the section 22 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which empowers the fourth estate of the realm to hold politicians and government institutions accountable at all times.
The Editor- in- Chief and Chief Operating Officer, Premium Times, Musikilu Mojeed, who was one of the facilitators, called on journalists to be skeptical about every information available.
He advised media practitioners to take the pains of evaluating information they come across to prevent situations were accuracy are being neglected, emphasising that fake news is dangerous and against the ethics of journalism.
One of the resource persons, Deji Adekunle, on his part, encouraged participants to strive to be different by sourcing for accurate data to present the right information to the public who are reliable to the media for vital detail.
Expressing their views on the training, participants show gratitude to the organisers for the initiative. They however lauded the sponsors, European Union (EU)and the British Council for providing such an opportunity to train and retrain journalists.
They said that the training had exposed them to the rudiments of reporting, stressing that it showcased methods of fact checking through data management and analysis, adding that fake news will be reduced if journalists check the authenticity of information before dishing out to the masses.