The Attorney General of the Federation(AGF) and Minister of Justice in Nigeria, Abubakar Malami has urged Judiciary Correspondents in the country to avoid fake news and hate speech in the course of discharging their duties.
The AGF made the plea in Abuja while inaugurating newly elected executive officers of the National Association of Judiciary Correspondent (NAJUC) at the Ministry of Justice on Friday.
According to the Minister, Media practitioners should respect the ethics of journalism at all time.
“Avoid fake news, hate speech and other practices inimical to the concepts of fairness and objective reporting”.
Describing the election of the officers as historic, Mr. Malami acknowledged the invaluable contribution of judiciary in the development of journalism and enhancement of the coverage of the judicial sector.
He assured the association of his Ministry’s support in disseminating credible, true, accurate and reliable information devoid of mischief.
Mr Kayode Lawal of the Herald Newspapers won the chairmanship position.
Other members of the newly elected Judiciary Correspondent exco included Paschal Njoku of Daily Independent Newspaper who was elected as Secretary, Femi Kuku of the African Independent Television, AIT, Financial Secretary, Peter Bahago of Voice of Nigeria VON, Welfare Officer. Miss Vivian Okejeme of Peoples Daily Newspaper got the position of Treasurer while Mr Basil Okafor of Core Television Station emerged as the Chief Whip.The Vice chairmanship position which was keenly contested between Mrs Ifeoma Nwowu of the Radio Nigeria and Miss Tina Iria of Television Continental TVC could not produce a clear winner and would be decided through bye-election to be conducted later in the year.
In his acceptance speech, Lawal thanked the Minister for finding time to inaugurate the officers and promised to sustain the cordial relationship between his ministry and the media.
The new NAJUC chairman also urged members of the association to support his administration, reiterating that his administration would strive to ensure regular training and retraining of members to improve on their skills of court reporting.