The advent of the internet technology has kind of revolutionized information dissemination as well as brought about the democratization of the media. However, as much good as this technological development has brought to our world and our time, the disadvantage seems to be in excesses.
Lagos human right lawyer and activist, Femi Falana (SAN) has called on the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and other relevant bodies in the media industry to ensure professionalism within the news industry by coming out with a framework that would sanitized the profession, most especially the new media which has given birth to what is known today as blogging.
Falana While noting that the media profession is very important to the socio-political development of every society, advised NUJ and other relevant bodies to go back to their drawing board to enable them check the recklessness of the social media publishers known as bloggers, which he observed are posing a threat to the industry.
According to Falana, anybody that is going to publish anything, using online channel should have a registered website that can be use to trace them in case of libel or any violation. He observed that technology has gone beyond anybody just writing down anything as website.
In a similarly vane, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, delivering a speech in the Annual National Conference and General Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) held in Ilorin, Kwara State, last week lambasted bloggers and frowned at their recklessness of bloggers.
According to Alhaji Mohammed, ”Today, anyone with a phone and data is a journalist, even when they lack the requisite qualification or area of specialisation”