With the 2023 general election fast approaching, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has called on journalists in Kano to be honest and unbiased in their reporting to justify the ethics of society’s watchdog profession.
This is exactly as the body has revealed that it has already announced it will hold the next general election in February 2023.
Kano Head, INEC Legal Services, Suleiman Alkali made the call on Saturday in Kano during a one-day awareness workshop organized by the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists in Kano.
He said the role of the media is crucial to the stability and success of elections.
According to him, the “INEC expects from the press nothing less than objective, unbiased and sincere coverage of the next general election in Nigeria, because all competing parties are equal to us.”
However, Alkali hinted that the Nigerian media’s position and recognition as the fourth state of the empire made its role critical to the survival or otherwise of a nation-state.”
“The case of the genocide in Rwanda is a clear reminder of how irresponsible press can make or ruin a country’s stability, and a million lives have been lost in a brutal violation of ethics.”
He went on to warn that if we want Nigeria to remain safe and peaceful, ethical standards must be embraced in our reporting and programming, adding that this remains an essential option to reposition the media in its rightful place as partners in progress.
On this occasion, State Information Commissioner Mallam Muhammad Garba, who was represented by NUJ State President Abbas Ibrahim, said that “the workshop for women journalists came at the right time in the light of political activity as Nigeria moves towards is to the 2023 general election.”
He called on the participants to maximize the lessons and to use them in the performance of their tasks.
He added that the NAWOJ is a highly respected body that has continuously contributed immensely to educating the teeming masses and used their capacity to improve the profession.
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