Prioritise Your Safety, No Story Worth Your Life – Stakeholders Warn Journalists
Some stakeholders in the media industry have advised journalists planning to cover the forthcoming general elections to prioritise their safety.
The stakeholders who spoke separately during a training for journalists organised by Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) on Wednesday in Ibadan, Oyo State insisted that no news report is worth a human life.
The assertion was made at a training for journalists on peaceful and non-violent elections held in Ibadan.
Resource persons at the training advised journalists to be mindful of their safety and security before, during and after the 2023 general elections.
A representative of the International Press Centre, Mr. Lanre Arogundade in his paper titled “Election and conflict sensitive reporting”, urged journalists to report any act of intimidation or threat.
A professor of journalism at the Lagos State University, Dr. Tunde Akanni asked journalists to envisage threats and be prepared.
”Save your information using basic data and digital security tools and measures”.
“Report acts of intimidation or threat. Always remember, no story is worth your life”.
Akanni in his presentation titled “Understanding conflicts and drivers of conflicts” explained that political parties, politicians, the media and civil society organisations are some of the drivers of conflicts.
He, however, advised journalists to be part of peacebuilding and avoid being used to cause conflicts in the country.
“The media is also part of the drivers of conflicts. The political parties, the politicians, party members and international community and the media are part of the drivers of conflicts. The media should be part of the conflict management”.
Executive Director of CAPPA, Akinbode Oluwafemi in his address, explained that the training supported by the European Union Delegation under the EU Support for Democratic Governance in Nigeria Phase Two (EU-SDGN II), is informed by the fact that as the 2023 general elections near.
He added that there are issues that raise the spectre of apprehension in the land among potential voters such as the possibility of violence, deliberate misinformation and the spread of fake news, vote-buying, manipulation and voter suppression, among others.