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Social media endangers journalism- Osinbajo

Leaders in journalism profession have been called upon to stamp out unwholesome and unethical practices in the profession.

Vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo gave the charge at the opening ceremony of the 14th annual conference of the Nigerian Guild of editors holding in Asaba, Delta state.

Prof Osinbajo who spoke on ‘The end of Journalism’, expressed regret that journalism was at a great risk with the social media becoming a big source of news.

He urged the gate keepers to ensure that the right thing is done to save the profession.

The chairman of the Occasion, Dr Tony Iredia , Speaking on the theme, Credible elections, sustainable democracy and the Nigerian Media’, urged the media to set the national agenda.

‘Media must take control by making everyone accountable to what he does. We must bring an end to post office journalism.

We must be able to tell our politicians whatever they are doing wrong” He said.

The President of the Guild, Mrs Funke Egbemode warned against making a wrong choice stressing that’ making a wrong choice will leave us with consequences that will last us years ” in Asaba, Delta state Photo: Folasade Orimolade

A one time DG NTA, Dr. Iredia decried the low level of investigative journalism among media practitioners.

Dr. Iredia emphasized that journalists as watchdogs should continue to guide Nigerians right to make good choices especially as 2019 General elections gathers momentum.

Earlier, President of the Nigeria Guild of Editor’s Conference, Mrs Funke Egbemode advised the electorate not to make a wrong choice during next year’s election as such step would leave them with consequences that would last many years.

Mrs Egbemode said on the part of the Guild, arrangements had been concluded to play her role professionally as usual during next year election.

Some editors at the event

The 14th All Nigeria Editors Conference which has its theme as”Credible Elections, Sustainable Democracy and the Nigeria Media” is being attended by over 300 members across the country as well major stakeholders including INEC Chairman representative.

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