As the 2022 World Press Freedom Day set in on Tuesday, there is a need to save mainstream media from digital threats.
As this year’s celebration comes with the theme; ‘Journalism under digital siege’, there is a need for stakeholders in the journalism industry in Nigeria to save the profession from the “digital siege.”
The need for digital advancement in journalism should not be overemphasized, but the mainstream media, which is the soul of the profession, is facing challenges with the advancement in digitization.
With the proliferation of digital technology, misinformation, fake news and disinformation have become the order of the day, thereby making the entire media industry lose public trust.
Also, ‘digital journalism’ is causing job losses and affects the reading culture among citizens, hence the need for stakeholders to device means of restoring the glory of mainstream media in Nigeria.
According to the United Nations, the theme of this year’s celebration will focus on the several ways in which journalism is endangered by surveillance and digitally-mediated attacks on journalists, and the consequences of all this on public trust in digital communications.
The UN also mentioned that the surveillance can uncover information collected by journalists including from whistle-blowers and can harm the journalists’ safety.
Based on the aforementioned, our great Chapel calls on stakeholders to key in to the UN’s suggestions and recommendations in a bid to save journalists and journalism from digital and even physical attacks in Nigeria.
While congratulating journalists on this year’s celebration, the Chapel implores the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, to consider improving the welfare of working journalists, aimed at making the profession more transparent and corrupt-free in the country.
The Chapel noted that if journalists enjoy steady remuneration from their organization, they would not be easily compromised. However, the bad welfare of working journalists makes them prone to compromise in the course of their work.
Hence the NUJ and other media stakeholders should look into this in order to save the profession from losing credibility and integrity in the country.