Buhari Expresses Concern Over The Prevalence Of Fake News In The World Of Social Media
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the media to practice good journalism in order to rid the world of hate speech and insecurity.
The president who gave this charge at the opening ceremony of the 67th International Press Institute’s (IPI) world congress 2018 in Abuja on Thursday, expressed concern over the the fake news that has overtaken good Journalism in the world.
In the The 2018 world congress titled “Why Good Journalism Matters: Quality Media for Strong Societies”, the President said “good journalism matters in a world where the borderline between hate speech and free speech has become blurred”.
“In an environment where fake news dwarfs investigative reporting, good journalism matters. For survival in an increasingly competitive field, good journalism matters,” he said.
The president further stressed that good journalism promotes good governance while noting that the changing media landscape, the explosion of social media and the rapidly evolving new technology have had profound impact on media business and media practice.
Mr Buhari said the IPI annual congress is holding in Nigeria during a period of global terrorism.
According to him, (part of) Nigeria’s experience is the scourge through Boko Haram, which has been technically degraded and has no territorial hold anywhere, anymore, in its north-east operational base.
“The Internally Displaced Persons are gradually returning to their communities in reasonable safety and security,” he said.