Elections: APC chieftain urges media to be fair, neutral in reportage

Elections: APC chieftain urges media to be fair, neutral in reportage

- An APC chieftain, Alhaji Ishaq Hadejia, has advised media organisations to be fair in their reportage during the 2019 general elections

- Hadejia said as the fourth estate of the realm, the media is expected not to be biased

- The APC chieftain also cautioned journalists not to engage in any act that could jeopardise peace and unity in the country

Alhaji Ishaq Hadejia, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Jigawa has advised media organisations to be fair in their reportage during the 2019 general elections.

Hadejia gave the advice this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Wednesday, January 30.

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Legit.ng gathers that he said said that the media, as the fourth estate of the realm, was expected not to be biased.

The chieftain said that because the public relied wholly on the media organisations for happenings, especially during elections, they were expected to report issues exactly as they occurred.

“Media practitioners are expected to remain neutral at all times because they are the mirrors of the society. The stories they are going to send to the public must be seen to be factual, concise and accurate.

“As the general elections are by the corner, the public will rely on the media to get the correct information,” Hadejia said.

He also cautioned journalists not to engage in any act that could jeopardise peace and unity in the country.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, urged the media to retain its credibility as an unbiased umpire as Nigeria prepares for the 2019 general elections.

The duo made the call at the 14th edition of the All Nigeria Editors Conference (ANEC) which took place in Asaba, the Delta state capital.

Osinbajo said the journalism profession has always been at a greater risk than other professions; stressing that freedom of expression has always given people the right to use any information.

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