The Federal Government has launched National Campaign Against Fake News, adding that campaign would not lead to press gag or media censorship.
Speaking at the occasion of the launch in Abuja on Wednesday, Information and Culture minister, Alh. Lai Mohammed, advised Nigerians to be vigilant saying purveyors of fake news are abounds and on the prowl.
He explained that the rational behind the campaign is to sensitise all Nigerians to the dangers posed by fake news to the peace and security, and indeed the corporate existence of Nigeria by the phenomenon.
His word, There is an epidemic sweeping the world. If left unchecked, it could be worse than all the plagues that the world has recorded put together. It is a clear and present danger to global peace and security. It is a threat to democracy. It is the epidemic of Fake News. Mixed with hate speech, it is a disaster waiting to happen.
“For the media, the epidemic is even worse. This is because fake news, in most cases designed to misinform, undermines confidence in the media. And once the people lose confidence in the media, the
society is in trouble.
“Let’s be straight. Fakes News is not new. It is said to be as old as the printing press. What has made it an issue of concern is the means and speed at which it is now spread around the world, and that means is the social media.”