The Federal Government has called on media practitioners to give support in checkmating the activities of quacks, who are tarnishing the image of journalism profession.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture made the request on Friday in Abuja at the Institutional Interaction Workshop to celebrate the 2022 World Press Freedom Day.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the theme of the 2022 World Press Freedom Day is “Journalism under Digital Siege”.
Mohammed, who was represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Dr Ifeoma Anyanwutaku, said the activities of quacks in the guise of citizens journalism is impacting negatively on the profession.
Specifically, the minister said quackery is affecting the ability of journalists and practitioners in related fields to freely and effectively use information for public good.
“There is no doubt that the sanctity of professionalism in the media industry in the past few years has been threatened by the malevolent use of technology to distort and even subvert pure journalistic efforts.
“We must know that the tangible cord that links the source and the receiver, or in this case the reporter and the audience, is the truth.
“Truth in this context means timely and undistorted information disseminated in good faith and with the general intent of improving society,” he said.
The Minister also underscored the need to ensure the safety of Journalists and equip them for the dynamic and ever-changing technologies.
“Just this past Tuesday, I was at a UNESCO event organised for Judges on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Judges.
“I reiterated the huge pain I feel when I hear of journalists being attacked or slain in the line of duty.
“I therefore urged our Lordships to ensure swift judgement for those found guilty of these heinous acts.
“With this, the family and friends of the deceased can take solace in the fact that justice had been duly served,” he said.
Mohammed reassured that the media have nothing to fear from the federal government, because they see the practitioners as partners in progress, rather than as adversaries.
He seized the opportunity of the event to announce that Nigeria will be hosting the Global Media and Information Literacy Week Feature Conference and Youth Forum 2022.
The minister said the event which will hold from Oct. 24 to Oct. 31 in Abuja, is expected to have over 73 countries from around the World participating physically.
NAN reports that there were goodwill messages from UNESCO, Nigeria Union of Journalists and other stakeholders. (NAN)