Mostly sunny. Hot.

7 day
  • Saturday 20-33°c More sun than clouds. Hot. More sun than clouds. Hot.
    Sunday 21-32°c More sun than clouds. Hot. More sun than clouds. Hot.
    Monday 22-32°c More sun than clouds. Hot. More sun than clouds. Hot.
    Tuesday 22-32°c More sun than clouds. Hot. More sun than clouds. Hot.
    Wednesday 22-32°c More sun than clouds. Hot. More sun than clouds. Hot.
    Thursday 23-31°c Partly cloudy. Warm. Partly cloudy. Warm.
More News

Media must avoid promoting hate speeches: NUJ chairman

2015-03-13 12:04
A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Kaduna - Malam Garba Mohammad, the Kaduna State Chairman of  Correspondents Chapel of the NUJ, on Thursday said media organisations must avoid promoting hate speeches to avert instability ahead of the  forthcoming general elections.

 Mohammad said this in Kaduna at a workshop on hate speeches, organised by African Media Development Foundation.

According to him, media organisations must be objective at all times in order not to create the ground for civil unrest and deaths.

He said hate speeches had always resulted in deaths and destructions across the world, and warned that the Nigerian media must avoid that path at all cost.

The correspondents chapel chairman urged journalists in the country not to allow themselves to be used by politicians to destroy the nation.

He said that the rules of journalism were very clear, as such journalists must shun all tendencies that would make them bias and unprofessional in their conduct.

Also speaking, Mr Emmanuel Bonet, the Executive Director, Aid Fonudation, said apart from character asassination, hate speeches had led to physical attacks and extermination as was the case in Rwanda.

Also read: Buhari looks to combat youth unemployment

He urged the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission and other media regulatory bodies in the country to impose heavy sanctions on any media organisation found promoting hate speeches.

Participants at the event resolved that media managers must abide by the ethics of the profession at all times.

They also cautioned religious leaders against preaching falsehood to satisfy selfish ends, adding that pastors and imams must ensure balance and accuracy of information before propagating it to their followers.

The participants attributed the large level of distrust among Nigerians to the collapse of societal values, and called for national value re-orientation to enhance mutual respect, trust and unity of purpose among Nigerians.

The resolution advised the Foundation to collaborate with civil society organisations to develop  legal and institutional frameworks to regulate hate speeches in the country including on social media platforms. 

Read more on: nuj  |  nigeria  |  nigeria 2015 elections

More In This Category
Lasun emerges new Deputy Speaker

Hon Yusuf Sulaimon Lasun has been elected as the new Deputy Speaker of the 8th Assembly..

APC rejects Saraki, Dogara

The All Progressives Congress has rejected the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.

El-Rufai downsizes ministries from 19 to 13

Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reduced the number of ministries in the state from 19 to 13 for effective service delivery.

Political thugs disrupt Katsina Assembly inauguration

Political thugs are alleged to have disrupted the 8th Katsina State House Assembly inauguration proceedings.

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
News24 |   OLX  |   PriceCheck  |   Careers24