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Combating Misinformation: CEMESO Urges Joint Effort To Promote Fact-Based Information in Elections and Governance

Amidst concerns about the impact of misinformation and disinformation on democratic processes in Nigeria, the Centre for Media and Society (CEMESO) has urged governments and media outlets to work together to combat false narratives throughout the electoral cycle and governance processes. This collaboration aims to promote fact-based information and mitigate the harmful effects of misinformation on democracy.

Dr. Akin Akingbulu, Executive Director of the Centre for Media and Society, made the urge during a two-day workshop on ‘Capacity Building and Best Practice Presentation: Technical Training for Fact-Checkers Cohort’ held at Channel 8 Premium Hotel in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Combating Misinformation: CEMESO Urges Joint Effort by Governments, Media Outlets to Promote Fact-Based Information in Elections and Governance
Combating Misinformation: CEMESO Urges Joint Effort by Governments, Media Outlets to Promote Fact-Based Information in Elections and Governance

The event was conducted in partnership with the European Union Support to Democratic Governance (EU-SDGN) Phase II project, which aims to promote fact-based information and democratic governance.

According to him, misinformation and disinformation poses a serious threat to democracy in Nigeria’s today digital age.

“False narratives spread like wildfire, impacting public opinion, electoral and broader governance processes. To combat this challenge, we need collaboration between governments, media outlets, and individuals. Promoting media literacy and fact-checking is essential if we are to uphold transparency, freedom of expression, and our ability to discern truth from falsehood. We must equip ourselves with the tools to navigate the digital landscape responsibly”.

Akingbulu noted that assembling this exceptional group of 15 professionals was not easy. We meticulously reviewed applications and held individual conversations to assess your suitability. Your enthusiastic responses and unwavering commitment shone through throughout the process. With such passion, we are confident that this group will achieve great things together.

Combating Misinformation: CEMESO Urges Joint Effort by Governments, Media Outlets to Promote Fact-Based Information in Elections and Governance
Combating Misinformation: CEMESO Urges Joint Effort by Governments, Media Outlets to Promote Fact-Based Information in Elections and Governance

“I would like to acknowledge the dynamic composition of this group, the “G-15.” This group of 15 individuals boasts a diverse range of backgrounds, each bringing unique expertise and skills to the table. We have news editors, content writers, freelance journalists, digital specialists, editors, journalists, reporters, production editors, broadcast journalists, senior reporters, fact-checkers, content creators in new media, correspondents, fact-media monitors, presenters, social media specialists, producers and presenters. This rich tapestry of experiences and talents fills us with excitement. We reason that we have successfully assembled the right candidates to be re-skilled and approach the challenge of misinformation and disinformation with a comprehensive understanding and a broad array of strategies”. He added.

Combating Misinformation: CEMESO Urges Joint Effort by Governments, Media Outlets to Promote Fact-Based Information in Elections and Governance
Combating Misinformation: CEMESO Urges Joint Effort by Governments, Media Outlets to Promote Fact-Based Information in Elections and Governance

He encourage all the participants to learn and unlearn in other to  contextualize and document trends and issues related to misinformation, disinformation, and fake or misleading content, specifically for broadcasters and media professionals.

Meanwhile, one of the aims of the workshop  is to equip every participants  with practical skills to address the challenges of false narratives and make relevant tools and techniques readily available.

“One unique aspect of this program is the transition into a cohesive cohort. We will continue to work with our facilitators as mentors to provide ongoing guidance. Additionally, the project offers data reimbursement for your monthly content contributions. We kindly ask for your understanding and cooperation in making the most of the resources available”. He Noted.

 

 

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