The Nigerian Army, traditional journalists, academicians, bloggers and influencers who are members of Digital Media Practitioners of Nigeria and Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria has vowed to end fake news by taming the perpetrators on the social media.
The zeal to put an end to this menace was made evident during the Directorate of Army Public Relations Study Period and Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information Media Workshop held at 81 Division Officers’ Mess, Marina Lagos. The event which witnessed the presence of who is who in the academics, traditional and digital media lasted from 10th to 12th of December 2018.
Different Sessions Held To End Fake News
During the session held to educate digital media practitioners, Mrs Laila Ijeoma, a renowned blogger and the owner of lailasnews.com delivered a lecture titled, “Combating Fake News: Roles of Digital Media Practitioners. Laila educated her colleagues and other participants on how digital media stakeholders could end the menace of fake news. One of her recommendations is the need for bloggers and influencers to educate their teeming followers on fake news and the need for internet users to compare and sieve stories before consuming it.
The Military Information Management team used the occasion to enlighten journalists and bloggers on some aspect of military information management taken for granted by journalists, Bloggers and influencers. These the stakeholders they not only educating but informative.
They asked Nigerian journalists to be patriotic and see themselves as equal stakeholders in the entity called Nigeria and to take into cognizance the families of the fallen heroes in their reportage. The representative of the Director Army Public Relations, Colonel AA Yusuf said Nigerian Army try as much as possible to inform the families of fallen heroes before commenting on an attack or posting such on the social media.
He asked a rhetorical question of how any of the digital media practitioners would feel if they get to know of the death of a loved one on the social media. A question which kept everybody silent. The Commandant Army School of Public Relations, Col MA Anka while summing up the session said the School intentionally included the digital media stakeholders in the list of participants to remind them of their patriotism and to further educate them on how to package a report that will protect the National security of Nigeria.
The joint interactive session also agreed on the need for journalists and online practitioners to avoid over-sensation in their reports especially as it regards Military officers that lost their lives in battle. The Army also agreed to work closely with the digital practitioners to fight this menace.
It was a no hold barred session that gave (Journalists/Bloggers) some new information on how to manage security news and reportage which is crucial to National Security. Some of the stakeholders also contributed during the discussion session during which they mapped out strategies to combat fake news.
The event witnessed the presence of, President Guild Of Professional Bloggers who doubles as the publisher of CKN Nigeria , the presenter, Mrs Laila Ijeoma(Lailasnews) who is also the Vice President of GPBN, the president of Digital Media Practitioner of Nigeria, Moji Delano and many other influencers and bloggers including Bhadoosky, the popular twitter Influencer.
Some of the top Military officers at the event were Brig Gen Ugbo, Cols A A Yusuf, Col M A Anka, Col A Ilyasu, Col H I Mohammed, former Army Spokesman, Col Olaniyan rtd and other top military officers.
The commandant Nigerian Army School Of Public Relations assured the media Practitioners that the workshop will be a regular event.