President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr. Abdulwaheed Odusile, says the union lacks the enabling legislation to prosecute fake journalists in the country.
Odusile made this known in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital, on Thursday, August 16, while speaking at the Kogi NUJ 2018 Press Week with the theme: “The Media and News Reporting in an Election Year.”
The NUJ President said several unethical practices had been perpetrated by some people masquerading as journalists on social media.
He commended the state chairman of the NUJ for carefully choosing the topic as the election year, in which journalists have a big role to play, was fast approaching.
His words: “Posting on social media does not make you a journalist. As professional journalists, we must process information before releasing it to the public for consumption.
“On our part as leadership, we have approached the National Assembly for a law to be enacted on that. National Press Council Act that is being amended will also take care of many of these anomalies.”
The NUJ President urged the council to ensure that each chapel has a copy of the revised Code of Ethics for Journalism in Election Coverage, stressing that every member should read the document.
“The bottom line is that as journalists, we must strictly adhere to the ethics of our profession.”
In his remarks, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi, who was represented by the state House of Assembly Speaker, Rt Hon. Matthew Kolawole, urged journalists to ensure proper investigation in whatever they report.