From Matthew Aramunde, Lagos.
Nigerians, most especially those who rely on on-line publishers for information, are urged to exercise restraint in taking in information, made available to them, without checking out the sources to determine their credibility.
The National Chairman of ‘Yes for Justice and Peace and initiative’ (YJIPI), Prophet Ojo Agge, issued the warning during an interactive session with Pressmen in Lagos, where he used the occasion to express disgust about the unwholesome attitude of some members of the fourth estate of the realm to discredit the revered institution.
Expatiating further, he specifically decried the unbecoming attitude of some online publishers who seem to have perfected the act of publishing innuendos, half-truth and outright falsehood and in the process making those who believe them to have their fingers burnt.
He noted that against the backdrop of lack of, or outright unavailability of working tools for the Nigeria journalists, the industry is replete with some of the best hands globally .He therefore advised that the supervising bodies intensify efforts at correcting some anomalies perpetrated by some not too credible on line publishers whose stock in trade appears to be unholy sensationalism.
Warning on the danger of those who scooped news items for publication in their medium, he specifically refered to a national newspaper (not Peoples Daily) whose reporters scooped a news item published on an online medium wholesale and were slammed by a High Court that decided they pay whooping hundred million naira as damages to Hon Justice Gladys Olotu, one of the Justices the publication reported was involved in high level corruption that led to her premature removal from office.
“Gentlemen, not too long ago President Goodluck Jonathan was reported to be the richest President in the continent by this same online publisher only for them within hours to quickly remove the said offensive item from their block when the former cried blue murder”
He noted also how some time ago, residents of Mowe, in Lagos, and its environ were thrown into confusion as everyone sought for safer zone only because an online medium had mischievously displayed on their site the news that members of the dreaded Boko Haram had invaded the area which later turned out a ruse.