The Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD has urged media practitioners and relevant stakeholders to jointly wage war against fake news and disinformation in the country.

The centre’s Senior Programme Officer, Austin Aibe made the call in Lokoja at a two-day stakeholder’s workshop on “Fake News and Disinformation in Nigeria”.

Aibe urged journalists to always do thorough background checks before breaking any news item to the general public, stressing the need to ensure ‘fact checking’.

He described fact checking as “the act of checking the factual assertion in the news function and information”.

Aibe said disinformation was an act of deliberately misleading or distributing biased information to manipulate narrative or fact propaganda to deceive the general public.

Ray Esangbedo

Also speaking, the Deputy Country Director, National Democratic Institute, Ray Esangbedo said the role of stakeholders from Kogi State could not be underestimated, stressing that fake news posed a threat to global democracy.