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Democracy: Media Entrepreneur Tasks Journalists on Truthfulness



By Afusat Agunbiade-Oladipo

Mr Dapo Olorunyomi, the Founder, Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), has called on journalists to be truthful and accurate in their reportage for sustainable democracy.

Olorunyomi, who was also the Publisher of Premium Times, made the appeal in his keynote address delivered on Friday at the Amplify In-depth Media Conference held at Continental Hotel, Abuja.

Democracy, he said, could not exist without accountability journalism, saying that journalism and democracy are inseparable.

According to him, accountability journalism denotes unveiling matters that are concealed deliberately and expose all relevant facts to the public.

In this way, he said, accountability journalism had crucially contributed to freedom of expression and media development.

He said that journalism was a practice and if we would do it, it has be done well.

“Accountability journalism matters and without it, democracy is going to suffer.

“There must be freedom of expression for journalists for sustainable development,” said the media entrepreneur.

Olorunyomi also called on academicians to ensure students of Mass Communication graduate with media literacy.

He said journalism in Nigeria was not ready for digital age, that is why many newspaper organisations were folding up because of their failure to key-in to arrival of digital age and structure their organisations.

“If we want to save our democracy, we should ensure that fact checking, media and digital literacy protocols must become fundamental parts of journalism practice.

“The challenges facing the digital age is information disorder which we realised through misinformation and disinformation mostly,” he said.



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