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…. As Soaga advises journalists over social media usage
One year after the former General Manager of Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC), Diji Akinhanmi died , family members , friends , associates and well wishers assembled to remember the Baritone voice broadcaster .
The President of Abeokuta Club, Engineer Tokunbo Odebunmi ; Managing Director of Lucida Media, the owner of Sweet Fm ,Mr. Eddy Aina ;Managing Director of OGTV, Mr. Festus Kehinde ; Managing Director of OGBC , Mrs Toyin Sogbesan, Voice of Nigeria representative, Austin Elewedalu ; Chairman , Board of Directors, OGTV , Tunde Oladunjoye and Head of Service , Alhaja Salimot Ottun who was represented by a director , Mr. Adeduntan Adeyinka .
Others were ; a public analyst, Alhaji Ola Animashaun ; Akinhanmi’s childhood friend , Bar. Demola Oyelusi among others.
Some of them spoke at the Diji Akinhanmi memorial lecture describing him as a thoroughbred professional, efficient and distinguished journalist.
The President of Abeokuta Club while paying glowing tributes to late GM of OGBC, noted that he touched lives of both the old and the young in journalism profession and beyond.
Odebunmi asked journalists to emulate Akinhanmi’s virtues of responsible and be ethical journalism practice.
Speaking as a guest lecturer, the immediate past General Manager of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Katsina, Ayinde Soaga said he was shock to the marrow when the news of the death of Akinhanmi was broken to him.
While delivering the lecture titled ” Jjournalism in an era of misinformation”, Soaga advised Nigerian journalists to wrestle social media space from charlatans using the platforms to spread fake news and misinformation.
He warned that if professional journalists allow quacks to continually dominate the social platforms, more harms would be done to the profession and the Society at large.
He lamented that quacks have hijacked social media spaces, and exploit to turn out half – baked, unverified and fake news to the detriment of the society and journalism.
He however advised that for journalsts to tackle the menace, they should dominate the social media space with ethically oriented reports in order to stem the tide of misinformation.
He said “So, what should be done? The journalists, who are professionals must take that (social media) space. We must not leave social media space to charlatans and those who do not know. And then, pass information that is well researched, verified and of truth.
“It is time to get more committed professional, dedicated and ethically oriented journalists that believe in the standards of profession.”