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POLICY MAKERS CALL ON MEDIA PRACTITIONERS TO SHUN FAKE NEWS

Media practitioners in the country have been cautioned against patronizing fake news, which if left unchecked is capable of threatening the foundations of the country’s democracy.

This call was made by a cross-section of journalists and policymakers at the 4th Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology Media Awards held in Abuja.

In her welcome speech, Country Coordinator, Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology, Dr. Rose Maxwell Gidado, praised journalists for their work on educating the public through science reporting in the wake of fake news.

During his lecture, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Press Council Mr. Francis Nwosu described fake news as a strategy meant to cause disaffection for specific government policy by using fabricated headlines to increase readership.

In his speech, representative of the Minister of Science and Technology Mr. O. A. Agoro, called on science journalists to avoid fake news and focus on factual news that promotes the deployment of technology in agriculture.

The event ended with the presentation of awards to journalists and media houses who displayed the highest form of professionalism in the area of science reporting as well as goodwill messages from stakeholders.

BY: OGAH ADIKPE

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