Dealing With #FakeNews From Government. By Agba Jalingo


Government has been accusing citizens and the press of peddling “Fake News” and pushing multi-pronged efforts to suffocate channels of information dissemination.

I agree,

It is true that there is #FakeNews.

It is true that individuals are peddling #FakeNews.

It is true that the media is peddling #FakeNews

It is also true that #FakeNews is doing incalculable damage not just to society but also to public trust in the media profession.

It is also true that the media space needs to self-regulate to weed out #FakeNews.

But there is one truth also that is missing from this whole gamut.

That is, Government is the biggest peddler of #FakeNews.

What effort is been made to ensure that #FakeNews from government is curbed?

Who should be the fall guy or fall babe when government peddles #FakeNews?

In the various #SocialMediaBills pushed around, what are the prescribed punishments for #FakeNews from government?

Why does GOVERNMENT, who is arguably the biggest dispenser of #FakeNews, feel that it has a duty to control something it is as guilty of, as those it accuses?

Let me give you some examples of what I am talking about.

1. Every home in Nigeria got COVID 19 palliative – Humanitarian Affairs Minister. #FakeNews

2. Only 10 Kankara school boys were abducted – Shehu Garba #FakeNews

3. Boko Haram has been technically defeated – Buhari #FakeNews

4. I have created 20,000 new jobs in Cross River civil service – Ayade #FakeNews

5. Our government is doing everything to fight corruption – Buhari #FakeNews

6. Fashola finds camera a #LekkiTollGate – #FakeNews

7. Nobody died at #LekkiTollGate – FG

8. Government is not fixing fuel prices, the sector has been deregulated – FG #FakeNews

When all these offensive lies are dished out to the public by a government, who should be held accountable and with what legal instrument?

Yours sincerely,
Citizen Agba Jalingo


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