Journalists and media practitioners in Nigeria have been urged to be factual, balanced and conflict-sensitive in reporting the 2019 general election and other issues.
This is contained in a communique at a training workshop on Conflict-Sensitive Reportage, in Jos, Plateau State.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Norwegian Foreign Affairs Ministry, assisted in facilitating the workshop harped on the need for objectivity.
The communique explained that the workshop was aimed at ensuring credible polls for promoting peace and sustainable development in Nigeria.
The facilitators advised that, news headlines should tone down emotions and be less sensational and highlight issues that promote national development, cohesion and peaceful co-existence in the country.
They called on journalists and media practitioners not to compromise integrity by being induced with money and other material things to influence election results.
Journalists at all times especially during the 2019 elections should uphold the ethics of their profession.
Journalists should be their brothers’ keeper and be security conscious as it takes a living journalist to report events, it stated.
‘No fake news’
The facilitators urged the media not to involve themselves in issues that could affect the results of elections negatively, such as fake news and hate speech.
They noted that hate speech and fake news had intensified with negative impact on the nation’s political landscape especially, on the upcoming general election.
They also advised politicians and security agents to provide the enabling environment for journalists to do their job, especially during the general election.
The workshop was attended by not fewer than 160 journalists and media practitioners from six States, including Benue, Kogi, Niger, Nasarawa, Kwara, Plateau and FCT Abuja.
Source: Voice of Nigeria