Abdulmumin Murtala, Kano
The sixth edition of the Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemicals Company KRPC, annual workshop has been declared open on Friday in Kano by the Executive Director Services EDS, KRPC, Dr Abdullahi Idris.
The two-day workshop with the theme “Ethics, Professionalism and Credibility in Media Practice: The Intervening Variables of Fake News and Hate Speech in Nigerian News Coverage” is organized to train and enlighten journalists on the trending dangers of fake news to the Nigerian polity.
In his keynote address, the EDS called on journalists not only not to indulge in spreading fake news but also flight against it as it is damaging to the society.
“We will be counting on you not only not to indulge but spread the message that fake news is damaging and dangerous, and to educate the people in your different social network and communities to be vigilant against the threat of false information. Same goes with the evil of hate speech” he stated.
Describing the dangers of hate speech in the polity, he explained that the consequences are real and serious.
He added that hate speeches may come in form of mob attacking innocent people or religious, ethnic bigotry, people being profiled on the basis of their political affiliation or sexual orientation.
The EDS identified another negative impact of the trend describing it as the slow deterioration of respect for facts that takes hold when people are submerged in fake news environment.
He further explained that fake news is a serious problem for democracy which requires a correctly informed citizenry.
The EDS also identified the roles of the nongovernmental organizations, schools, young people, civil society leaders, political leaders and governments as influencing and credible in the fight against the menace.
The workshop which drew participants from various states will end on Sunday.