Akinfeleye to GOCOP: Help stop fake news


Prof Ralph Akinfeleye has called on members of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) to help stop the spread of fake news.
The revered university don made the passionate appeal while speaking at the second edition of the annual GOCOP conference holding at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.
While reviewing the theme of the conference: ‘Online Publishers Role Towards A Sustainable Economy, Credible Election And Security In Nigeria’, Akinfeleye challenged members of GOCOP to put an end to the spread of fake news and hate speeches in the country.
“As we approach 2019 general elections, I want to appeal that you help us stop and checkmate the spread of fake news. You are responsible journalists and not citizen journalists who practise journalese. As Online Publishers, you must constantly campaign against fake news. Always separate yourselves from bloggers, because you are trained journalists. The society looks up to you for direction and accurate news at all times.”
Akinfeleye, who also thanked the keynote speaker, Prof Chidi Odinkalu, for delivering what he described as a thought-provoking lecture, further advised online journalists to get involved in media literacy, improve on reading culture and adhere strictly to the ethics and integrity of the job if they truly want to stand out and be respected.


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