Media experts, Analysts call for a bill to check fake news
By Saheed Abdullah
A Bill for a law to prescribe strong penalties against perpetrators of fake and adulterated news in Nigeria has been advocated, to curb its growing trend in the country.
A cross sections of eminent Nigerians made the call in Ilorin, in an exclusive interview with our staff Correspondent Saheed Abdullahi on the dangers of the growing trend of fabrication of fake and adulterated news in Nigeria.
Most of the Respondents while reacting to this, said the need became necessary in view of the need to insulate the country against acts capable of setting the nation on fire.
In her view, a member of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) and an Associate Professor of Mass Communication University of Ilorin, Doctor Saudat Salah- AbdulBaqi warned that
that fake news is not only destructive but not helping image and reputation of the country and called for Act of parliament by the National Assembly and strict interpretation of the law by the judiciary in curbing the menace.
In his view, the Dean Faculty of Information and Communication Sciences, University of Ilorin, Professor Lukman Azeez noted with displeasure that the act was striving due to the fact that the contemporary society in Nigeria, lacks truth and integrity, and challenged Nigerian Journalists to stop assisting this set of unscrupulous Nigerians in spreading mis information through facts check and investigate reportage as enshrined in the Media Practice ethics .
In his view, the state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ),Mallam Abdul Lateef Ahmed observed that fabrication of fake news has taken worrisome dimensions and according to him, is now source of concern to stakeholders in Media Practice.
Reacting to this, a Lagos based Public Affairs Analyst, Mr Mathew Kolawole explained that though, the advent of social media has aggravated the fabrication of fake news, called for caution, inorder not to infringe on the Freedom of Expression of Nigerian Citizens as enshrine in the nation’s Constitution.