Only good governance can curb fake news, hate-speeches – Communication experts
Communication experts from the academia and the news organisations have tasked governments , particularly the Federal Government , to strictly focus more on delivering good governance marked by adhering to social justice , equity , accountability , political , cultural and economic inclusion and the tenets of democracy to eliminate the incidence of fake news and hate -speeches .
These were some of the submissions of participants at a two- day conference of Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria ( ACSPN ) in Asaba , Delta State , which ended yesterday.
Those who spoke include Publisher of Premium Times , Mr . Dapo Olorunyomi ; prominent communication scholar and President of ACSPN , Prof . Lai Oso; Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa , represented by his Chief Press Secretary , Mr . Charles Aniagwu and former Minister of Information and chairman of the conference, Prof . Sam Oyovbare .
Specifically , they advised the Minister of Information and Culture , Alhaji Lai Mohammed , to desist from insisting that Nigerian journalists are pre -occupied with disseminating fake news or disinformation, insisting that there was no basis for such argument .
They also said that the spectre of fake news should be traced , not to the legacy or traditional media , but to the pervasive and technologically-inspired social media that does not have gate -keepers and has no knowledge of the ethics of journalism or how to apply them .
While Olorunyomi stated that what we have is a crisis of truth in the country to which we need all hands on the deck to resolve it for the progress of our community , Oso, however , pointed at the borderless technology of social media that has made journalism an unsecure environment .
Okowa , who traced the origin of hate-speech to lack of patriotic spirit, failure of government ’s institutions and government’s agenda that do not align with the people ’s wishes , tasked the media to be independent – minded and not propagate dubious agenda that will imperil its integrity .
Oyovbare said technology had stood the old rules on their heads, as it is now impossible to “control the tools of disseminating news these days .
“You can’t control what you consume . Fake news and hate speech have become an industry of their own that are self -sustaining .”