Deploy precision journalism to uncover graft, SERAP urges reporters
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has charged journalists to utilise the instrumentality of investigation to uncover grand corruption in Nigeria.
Executive director of the Lagos-based rights group, Adetokunbo Mumuni, made the call yesterday at a media training and presentation of its latest publication entitled ‘Uncovering Corruption in Nigeria: A Manual for Investigative Journalists’.
The manual was presented by renowned journalist and human rights activist, Richard Akinnola, at an interactive session for investigative journalists from across Nigeria at the CitiHeight Hotel, Lagos.
Mumuni extolled the media’s contribution to socio-economic development and urged journalists not to relent in the overall objective of making the society better.
The training and the publication, he said, were part of SERAP’s efforts to further equip journalists on the onerous task of ensuring national development through investigative reports.
Akinnola noted the inalienable right of the public to access information, which is of public concern, stressing that the media were the agents of the public to collect the information and disseminate it.
He, however, lamented the dearth of investigative journalism in Nigeria and called for its revival.
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