Varsity Don Warns Journalists Against Sensational Journalism

By Abdullahi Suleja, Kaduna
An Ahmadu Bello University Zaria Arabic Linguist, Professor Mohammed Shafiu Abdullahi has tasked journalists against sensational reportage to avoid over heating present insecurity level in the country.
He gave the warning in an exclusive interview with National Trail in zaria on Sunday.
Professor Abdullahi pointed out that journalists as the fourth realm of the estate have vital role to play in complimenting government’s efforts to rid the country of security challenges.
The linguist who is also the Acting Registrar, National Board for Islamic and Arabic Studies complained how some media outfits compromise ethical standard by becoming agents of dooms.
He observed that professionalism and ethical values should have been the watch words guiding practitioners of the noble profession,
Professor Abdullahi lamented the bias and molestation as well as character assassination as the basis for present day practice of the profession.
“It is worrysome how some media organizations will hasten to go to press without cross checking of facts and fair balancing just to tanish somebody’s Image.
“Let me tell you that I am also a victim of such unfair, bias and unbalanced reportage by some media outfits.
“So many unconfirmed and bias publications were carried out in the past by some media organization against the board and my person, targeted at tarnishing the good image of NBAIS.
“It very unfortunate when professionals become arm chair journalists who succumb to brown envelopes just to destroy a built legacy. He gave example of such
He attributed the high level of insecurity to overblown stories of criminals and their crimes by journalists instead of concentrating on successes gain by security operatives.
The linguisti enjoined members of the noble profession to guide their activities by professional conduct to compliment the good efforts of security Agencies and the federal government.


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