Ahead of the 2023 general election, media professionals have been urged to guard against publishing news stories that could fuel violence in the country before, during and even after the election.

 The charge formed part of points raised by a veteran Journalist and former Deputy Editor in Chief of the News Agency of Nigeria, Prince Wale Ojetimi, while featuring on Pensioners FM current affairs programme, “Trending”.

Prince Ojetimi emphasised the need for journalists to equip themselves with requisite skills to report professionally in the pre-election, election and post-election period.

The Former Deputy Editor in Chief at the News Agency of Nigeria, who just retired from the agency stressed that the media have a critical role to support the integrity and credibility of elections for its proper acceptance.

 “Not only must they take a lead role in ensuring that citizens are adequately mobilized, they should also ensure that the entire process is open to public scrutiny. In the above regard, it is expected that this training will help participants to understand and imbibe the principles of fairness, diversity and objectivity in reporting the electoral process,” Prince Ojetimi said”

Prince Ojetimi, however urged journalists and media organisations to be sensitive in publishing reports that could generate inter and intra parties conflict as the 2023 elections approaches.

Prince Wale Ojetimi was the longest serving NAN foreign correspondent having served for a record seven years as NAN Southern Africa Bureau Chief based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Michael Adeyemo

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