Adeneye Tasks Media on Fake News

The Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Otunba Dayo Adeneye, has tasked media practitioners, as managers of information, to always double check the source of their stories, before publishing them so as to prevent the spread of fake news in the country. 
Adeneye made this call while speaking with newsmen at the 47th meeting of the National Council on Information, with the theme, “Tackling Fake News and Hate Speech to Enhance Peace and National Unity.” 
The commissioner pointed out that the spread of fake news and hate speeches have become a national issue, which require the collaboration of all stakeholders to curb, particularly now that the 2019 general elections are around the corner. 
Speaking on the use of social media in this regard, Adeneye tasked Nigerians, who are fast becoming citizen journalists, to always be wary of the news they spread through the various social media platforms, as experience has shown that the platforms can be used as either weapons of mass development or that of mass destruction. 
He assured that his ministry would continue to make use of existing infrastructure and evolve new strategies, to keep the populace adequately informed about activities of the state government, to check the of fake news and deepen the tenets democracy and good governance. 
Adeneye pointed out that the ministry had among other measures, continued to produce the daily OGIS bulletin, Ogun Update monthly, both of which circulate in the state and beyond to keep the people informed.

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