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Professional Journalists Must Eliminate Quacks – Damisa

The need for drastic action to be taken against Journalists with fake identities towards sanitizing the media industry has been advocated.

The Managing Director of Abuja Broadcasting Corporation limited, Malam Ibrahim Damisa, Who made the call when some selected members of the FCT Minister’s Press Corps visited him, lamented that Nigeria’s media industry was bleeding profusely from the onslaught of untrained people, using the Internet.

Malam Damisa explained that the interlopers ” operating as citizens journalists have caused unquantifiable damages to the media industry, hence the need for trained professionals to rise against the ugly trend to uphold the corporate existence of the country.

The media expert also called on all stakeholders in the industry to give adequate attention to training and retraining of staff as a measure to keep professionals abreast with global trends.

“fake news being traded arbitrarily by the “interlopers “with the help of social media needs to be addressed, because it is capable of destroying not just the media industry, but the society…Citizens journalism is in place, and some people will just use their phones, without the sensibility of knowing if what they are dishing out to the public is right or wrong… verification is an important thing in journalism.
Journalism is at crossroads because of Citizens journalism that has come on stream, where people who are interlopers and not trained in the profession encroach our territory and cause havoc.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman, FCT Minister’s Press Corps, Malam Hudu Yakubu commended the mentorship which the Managing Director has over the years provided to the younger people in the profession.

Malam Yakubu also noted that the Aso Radio and Television have experienced tremendous transformation, following the unparalleled commitment which the management team of the corporation have shown.

Report By Remi Johnson,

Edited by Grace Namiji

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