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Don charges journalists on 2023 polls reporting

By Njadvara Musa, Maiduguri
01 November 2022   |   2:45 am
Journalists in the print and electronic media have been charged to strictly adhere to professional ethics while reporting the 2023 general elections in the country.

[files] A voter drops ballot papers into a ballot box during an election in Nigeria.

Journalists in the print and electronic media have been charged to strictly adhere to professional ethics while reporting the 2023 general elections in the country.

The Head of Department, Mass Communication, University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), Dr. Nuhu Gabsiso, gave the charge, yesterday, in Maiduguri, when the executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) visited him.

According to the don, adhering to professionalism with responsible journalism will enable the electorate to make informed choices among the candidates contesting various elective positions.

Gabsiso, therefore, called on the NUJ not to spare any member that compromised with the ethical standards, warning that it could further polarise the country and the West Africa sub-region.

“We are in a critical period of our nation’s history, as insecurity of life and property lingers with the 2023 general election approaching,” he said.

On the training of 100 journalists, Gabsiso called on NUJ to identify emerging areas where journalists require training.

“Our department is willing to build the capacities of NUJ members in the state,” he said, adding that the department will soon commence the Master’s programme on Journalism and other related fields.