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Journalists tasked on investigative reportage

03 May 2013, 13:24

Osogbo-  Ayoade Adedayo, the former Vice President  B Zone of the Nigeria Union of  Journalists (NUJ), has urged members  to use investigative journalism to fight corruption.

Adedayo  made the call in an interview with the News Agency of  Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo on Friday.

Speaking against the backdrop of the World Press Freedom Day, Adedayo noted that journalists needed to do more in exposing corrupt practices.

`` We have not been able to independently expose corrupt practices, we need to probe, investigate and dig deep.

‘’What we have done in the past years was to relay what other agencies are doing and  relying on press releases,'' he said.

Adedayo, who urged journalists to contribute to nation building efforts, also warned Nigerians to be wary of stories circulated on the social media.

`` Agencies, newspapers, radio and television stations remain the sources of authentic news items,’’  he added.

He said the social media was a fertile ground for spreading spurious information since such postings were not subjected to any control.


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