Expert identifies poor remuneration as reason for fake news 

A media expert and national secretary of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Mr Shuaibu Leman, has identified poor remuneration, poverty, anti-media laws, insufficient insurance cover, poor working conditions and advent of digital journalism as part of reasons for immergence of fake news in the society.

Leman who is resource person at the occasion stated this Saturday during a one- day training on “Conflict Sensitive Reporting: Get involved, Dialogue and Improve” Project-GDRIP for journalists held in Lokoja, the  Kogi state capital and organised by Stallion Times Media Services.

 he stated that until owners of media houses  and government are able to solve these challenges, the fight against fake news may not see the light of the day.

He therefore called on journalists to always uphold the tenants of the profession by adhering to the ethics of journalism.

Speaking on “Fake news” and “Conflict Sensitive Reporting and Safety of Journalists,” Leman charged journalists to take caution when reporting conflicts to avoid being harmed  in the course of discharging their duties.

The project coordinator, Stallion Times , Isiaku Mohammed, in his remarks advised the media practitioners to put journalistic conscience in their reportage in order to uphold the ethics of journalism and safe the society.

“Nigeria is our country and so we should report issues  that will promote the people and bring about the desired growth and development of the country.
“This is why investigative reporting is very essential to journalists at putting the facts objectively, accurately and timely towards promoting good governance,” he said.