Journalists Urged to Uphold Ethics, Ensure Quality Content

By Barnabas Hunjo

Editors from electronic, print and online media have converged on Lagos to brainstorm on how good corporate governance can improve journalism in the  digital age.The workshop is organized by the Nigerian Guild of Editors with the theme, “Journalism and Digitalization: The Imperative of Good Corporate Governance.”

Opening the workshop, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said press freedom was important in a democracy and called on the media to self-regulate themselves.

Deputy Director New Media, Julie Ekong, Former Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Lagos State Council, Mrs Funkẹ Fadugba and the Current Chairman NUJ, Lagos Mr. Leye Ajaiyi

Earlier,  a veteran journalist and the Chairman of the occasion, Mr Lanre Idowu said digitalization had brought more opportunities to journalism but it had also brought to the fore the need to uphold ethics, and quality content.He said journalists must decide whether to embrace digital platforms or be out of business.

The President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mallam Mustapha Issa said the media would not succumb to pressure from the government to determine the people’s right to information.He said the situation where the National Broadcasting Commission that reports to the Minister of Information would also be the one to unilaterally impose fines on broadcast stations for unfavorable reports was tantamount to gagging of the media.

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