The Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN) has asked professionals in the media to assist in addressing the challenges of hate speeches and fake news in the country.
It urges the media to do more in curbing the trend, especially on the social media, to stabilize the tense political space in the country.
National President of the Association, Professor Lai Osho, made the call in Abeokuta, at a news conference on the forthcoming sixth conference of the Association and the One Hundred and Sixtieth Anniversary of the first newspaper in Nigeria “Iwe-Iroyin Fun Awon Egba and Yoruba” .
According to Osho, the Association in its quest to equip the media professionals and scholars on the trend, has written a book titled “the fake news and hate speech: narratives of political instability’ which will be launched during the forthcoming conference.
The National President, represented by the South-West Zone President of the Association, Professor Rotimi Olatunji, explains that the conference themed “National Interest, Freedom of Expression and Governance in Africa” was informed by converging and subsisting issues of freedom of expression, the rule of law, national interest and governance.
The annual conference, according to him, will hold between September 4 and 5, at Park Inn Raddison Hotel, Kuto, Abeokuta with Governor Dapo Abiodun as the chief host, while Governors from Oyo, Ekiti and Lagos States will also grace the conference.
Also, former managing director of Nigerian Tribune and Daily Times will chair the event, Lagos State Information Commissioner, Gbenga Omotosho, is the keynote speaker, while eminent media personalities including Aremo Taiwo Alimi, Mr Martins Oloja, Professor Muyiwa Popoola, among others are also expected.
The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, is expected to launch the stimulated copy of the Iwe Iroyin Newspaper at Ake Palace, Abeokuta.