By Kenneth Atavti
The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, has declared that the media to be wary of fake news as it was threatening national stability and coexistence.
Owasanoye made the call on Monday in Abuja while declaring open a two-day workshop for reporters covering the activities of the Commission.
“Fake news and biased reporting threaten all of us. They threaten stability, professional competencies and our livelihoods,” he said.
The Chairman said that the workshop would offer an opportunity for the Commission and the media to agree on how to communicate professionally with the risk of fake news constantly under consideration.
He urged the participants to use the opportunity to establish a relationship with ICPC and not just a relationship that demands the Commission to disclose which high profile case it was investigating.
“Reporters should seek for a relationship that will help discuss how to deal with the scourge of corruption and the attendant challenges and risks associated with that battle.”
He said that the workshop would also help to improve the capacity of the reporters so that their stories would not become asymmetrical or misleading, or even exaggerated either in favour of, or against, the commission
The ICPC boss also revealed that since the first training workshop for journalists was held last year, there had been an improved trajectory of reportage on the Commission.