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FG admonishes radio stations to shun fake news

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RADIO stations in the country have been charged to uphold the trust of their listeners by shunning fake news and ensuring that only credible and factual information is relayed through their medium.

  Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, gave the charge in a statement issued in Abuja, on Monday, to mark the 2022 World Radio Day, which is observed every year on February 13 to highlight the importance and relevance of radio.

Speaking on the theme of the 2022 World Radio Day,’Radio and Trust’, the Minister said radio stations in the country must continue to work hard to maintain the trust of their listeners. He said that in spite of the widespread use of social media and other mass communication platforms, radio remains one of the most trusted and accessible media in the world, especially because of its unparalleled connection to the grassroots

He urged all radio broadcasters to leverage on the trust the listeners have in the medium to educate and sensitise the citizenry on their roles and responsibilities in electing the right persons to serve at the various levels of government.

“I am excited to note that some of the concepts to be discussed as sub-themes center around the need to keep the medium credible, engaging and receptive to new broadcast ideas, while creating better opportunities for income generation and profit.

“On the part of the federal government, we will continue to pursue the right policies, give the required support as well as provide the enabling environment for the growth and successful operation of radio stations in Nigeria,” Mohammed said.

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