"Fake News May Lead To Breakdown Of Law And Order In Nigeria" -Minister Warns

Date: 23-05-2024 8:54 am (3 weeks ago) | Author: onuigbo felicia
- at 23-05-2024 08:54 AM (3 weeks ago)
(f)

Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation has said misinformation is a cancer that may lead to a breakdown of law and order in the country while also reiterating that democracy cannot grow without media and press freedom.

Idris therefore stated that the responsibility of tackling and countering fake news is that of all stakeholders.

The Minister spoke in Abuja on Wednesday at the Ministerial Press Briefing to herald activities lined up to mark President Bola Tinubu’s first year in office.

“Misinformation is a cancer that may lead to a breakdown of law and order in the country; it is also useful to understand that democracy cannot grow without media and press freedom,” he said.

He explained that the media space in Nigeria was largely free, adding that President Tinubu was determined to make it even freer.

Quote
“The freedom that the media enjoys also carries along responsibility.

“While it is the right of media practitioners to report, they should also have a duty to ensure it is done responsibly, honestly and with a deep sense of patriotism.

“You cannot say something is free while it is also fake or not true. Press freedom relates to the ability of a practitioner or anybody to relate a story responsibly, honestly and factually.

“You cannot say things to malign someone deliberately and call it press freedom or freedom of expression.

“So, while the government is determined to ensure that the media continues to enjoy its freedom to do its job, it is also pertinent on practitioners within the space to ensure they also maintain a high standard of professionalism,

“The practitioners have a greater duty to clean up the media space, otherwise, the media will be the biggest victim of misinformation and fake news.

“It is not the government’s responsibility alone to counter fake news. It is a duty for everyone, including those in the social media space,”
Idris said.

The minister described fake news as a global challenge, adding that all stakeholders must come together and fight the menace.

He admonished practitioners to ensure that whatever they did was for the interest of the country.

“We must report patriotically and honestly. It is a collective responsibility that will make us have a better society,” he said.

Posted: at 23-05-2024 08:54 AM (3 weeks ago) | Addicted Hero
- kp45 at 23-05-2024 11:00 AM (3 weeks ago)
Online (m)
Ok
Posted: at 23-05-2024 11:00 AM (3 weeks ago) | Addicted Hero
Reply
- Jiiitk4 at 23-05-2024 12:03 PM (3 weeks ago)
(m)
What about fake promises by politicians ?
Posted: at 23-05-2024 12:03 PM (3 weeks ago) | Gistmaniac
Reply
- gogoman at 23-05-2024 01:13 PM (3 weeks ago)
Online (m)
kill fake news pusher  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 23-05-2024 01:13 PM (3 weeks ago) | Grande Master
Reply
- fineboy77 at 23-05-2024 01:23 PM (3 weeks ago)
(m)
Quote from: Jiiitk4 on 23-05-2024 12:03 PM
What about fake promises by politicians ?
exactly

Posted: at 23-05-2024 01:23 PM (3 weeks ago) | Addicted Hero
Reply