By Mohammed Ibrahim Kaduna
A group of professional journalists, the Arewa Online Media Network, (AroMeN) has tasked media practitioners against spreading fake news.
According to the group, “ it’s vital for journalists to abide by ethics of their professionals.”
A veteran journalist, Nasir Dambatta of Politics Today from Kano who was elected the chairman of the group made the call in his acceptance speech on Saturday in Kano.
He lamented how fake news became the order of the day across the country. Particularly by some unprofessional online medium.
“We will uphold the ethics of our noble profession and we will be fair to all. The group will not tolerate quacks, hence membership will be based on purely on professionalism,” he said
Danbatta added that the group will ensure that it fought fake news across the country by ensuring that only professional journalists are alllow to become members of AroMen.
He promised to carry every member along, adding that the group will constitute Board of Trustees from among online practicing journalists within the 19 northern states and Abuja, irrespective of ethnic nationality.
He said the Arewa Online Media Network was established to promote professionalism in the coverage of news and events through their available online platforms.
John Femi Adi of Daily Newstimes from Kogi State emerged as the Secretary. Other officers elected includes, the Vice Chairman – Malam Abdurrauf Musa – (Abuja) Abuja Chronicle.
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