Media practitioners have been urged to be mindful of their security and stick to media ethics as they prepare for coverage of the 2023 general election.
The Dean, Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences , University of Ilorin, Professor Lukman Azeez, made the call while delivering a lecture titled “2023 polls: Effective media coverage amidst insecurity”.
Professor Azeez was addressing the reporters during the 2022 Press Week celebration of the Kwara state council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Ilorin.
According to him, politicians use every strategy and logic at their disposal against their political opponents in order to sell themselves in every election.
He, therefore, advised media practitioners to be extra careful in their reportage of political activities and avoid taking sides.
Professor Azeez enjoined members of the 4th estate of the realm to play “professional roles” expected of them in order to avert breach of peace, and ensure neutrality in their reportage before, during and after the elections.
The chairman, Kwara State Council of NUJ, Comrade Abdul-lateef Ahmed, urged INEC, as the electoral umpire, and security agencies to prioritize safety of journalists at all times.
Reporting by Ali Rabiu; Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor