The National President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists Mr. Chris Isiguzo has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to implement the laws against fake news and hate speech and prosecute anyone found breaking the law.
Mr Isiguzo who was on a two day official state visit to Taraba state northeast Nigeria made the call in an interview with Voice of Nigeria in Jalingo the Taraba state capital.
He stressed that fake news and speech are not spread by journalists but some online actors and they should be prosecuted.
“Fake news is not disseminated by journalists, fake news is the handy works of social media actors, fake news is a deliberate disinformation and it is done to mislead the public, it is not our thing, but for any of our member who engages in the spread of fake news there will be consequences”.
Mr. Isiguzo also noted that the Union is partnering with the Ministry of information to checkmate the spread of fake news in the country.
“Fake news is not good for the unity of Nigeria, it does not benefit anyone except those who sponsor it. I believe we have enough provision in our penal codes and cyber crime act of 2015. We have enough provision to handle the issue of fake news, hate speeches and I want to make it clear that we are supporting the government to expressly implement the provisions of these acts as they affect those who engage in the spread of fake news”.
He called on members of the public to draw the attention of the Union in cases where a journalist is found spreading fake news.