Media Practitioners Warned Against Consequences of Fake News


Media practitioners have been urged not to be a pivotal of fake news.

A lecturer at the University of Ilorin, Dr. Ademola Bakare, made the call in Ilorin at A 1-Day Media Personnel Advocacy Roundtable, organised by the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, in partnership with Albarka 89.9 FM, Ganmo, Kwara State, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, held at City-In-Hotel, G.R.A. Ilorin, with the theme ” The Imperativeness of Online News and its Influence in Facilitating Good Governance.”

Dr. Bakare urged media practitioners to be careful when reposting what other people have posted and verify the source of the information they want to post.

“As journalists, we have to be careful of whatever we put out, we have to verify the source of information we are pushing out; and we have to be careful of reposting what some people have posted. Be careful, and don’t put yourself inside something that will eat you. Verify whatever you want to post; make sure it is correct. Never be a convenier of fake news,” he said.

He added that fake and unverified news could lead to conflict and a misconception of power.

Also speaking on using AI for investigative journalism, Ibilola Akahome gave an insert on how artificial intelligence will shape the future of journalism as well as enhance stories and bring impact through various tools, which include authomatic fact-checking, automated translation and localization, social media monitoring, and trend analysis, amongst others.