Warning Against Fake News and Biased Reporting Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has emphasized the importance of media vigilance in tackling fake news and biased reportage. He highlighted that such misinformation poses threats not only to the stability of Nigeria but also to professional competence and the livelihood of citizens. Owasanoye expressed the hope that the workshop for reporters covering ICPC activities would foster a closer relationship between the commission and the media, leading to effective communication and responsible journalism.
Strengthening Collaboration and Engagement Owasanoye urged participants to establish a strong relationship with the ICPC to address the scourge of corruption and the challenges faced by both the media and anti-corruption agencies globally. He emphasized the need for increased engagement and information sharing among stakeholders, including the media, to bridge existing gaps. By working together, they can enhance reporting accuracy and contribute to the fight against corruption.
Shifting Focus to Prevention and Public Education The Director of the ICPC’s Public Enlightenment and Education Department, Mr. Ashiru Baba, highlighted the importance of a balanced approach in media coverage. He emphasized that while the press often focuses on the arrest and prosecution of high-profile individuals, 90 percent of the ICPC’s efforts are dedicated to prevention and public education. Baba called for increased media coverage of the ICPC’s initiatives aimed at enhancing corporate governance, conducting corruption risk assessments, promoting ethics and integrity, and implementing anti-corruption measures in various government entities. This broader perspective would contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the fight against corruption.