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Campaign against fake news begins in Awka

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ASSOCIATION of Digital Media Core Advocates (ADMCA) has launched campaign against proliferation of fake news and misinformation in the state.

The body maintained that its mission was to explore veritable means in which practitioners from digital media industry work with their counterparts in the conventional media to create innovative practices as well as strategies for moving media advocacy beyond fake news and falsehood.

National president of the association, Harris Chuma stated this in Awka at the launch of the campaign with the theme ‘Digital Media: Engaging Unifying Voices Against Online Fake News and Misinformation,

stating  that the federal government recently launched a campaign against fake news in the country due largely to the fact that the issue of fake news has become a threat to the polity.

Chuma said the association chose the platform of a conference to begin the campaign against the scourge, noting that an interactive session would provide the required atmosphere to brainstorm as well as cross pollinate ideas on how best to combat spread of fake news and smear propaganda in Anambra State.

Keynote speaker at the conference, Chuka Nnabuife, a seasoned journalist and Managing Director of the Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, who delivered a paper on “Credible Online Journalism Amidst The Trend Of Fake News And Misinformation,” postulated that it was wrong to perceive online media operators as major proponents of fake news .

Sir Nnabuife therefore suggested that fundamentals social media influencers can through  adoption  re-assert their credibility as well as regain their integrity.

One of such, according to him, was for online media practitioners to get acquainted with laws relating to journalism and online media practice coupled with code of ethics, abhorring sensationalism.

He said fake news was fake and every well-meaning Nigerian should condemn it in its entirety.

Chief Press Secretary to Governor Willie Obiano, Mr. James Eze, while stressing the need for reorientation on the dangers of fake news and misinformation, said if not checked, the trend will escalate with the advancement in digital technology, adding that online media proliferation of the fake news and misinformation is a deliberate mischief targeted against politicians.

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