POLICE ARRESTS ABUJA COMEDIAN OVER SPREAD OF FAKE NEWS

  The Police on Thursday said it had arrested a comedian, Augustine Valentine, popularly known as `MC Fine’, over alleged spread of fake news. Mr Biodun Makanjuola, Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the force in Bwari, FCT, said that Valentine posted a false report on facebook alleging the apprehension of a female kidnapper. `MC Fine’ Augustine Valentine “After investigation, we found the report to be fake,” he said. NAN reports that the middle-aged woman, simply identified as Zulai, had been attacked on Wednesday, around Zenith Bank area in Bwari, over…

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DSS, INEC SEEK LEGISLATION TO CURB FAKE NEWS

DSS, INEC seek legislation to check fake news…Says fake news feed on tribe, religion DSS Spokesperson, Dr Peter Afunanya speaking at the disinformation and misinformation event in Abuja THE Department of State Security (DSS) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said the Federal Government may need to consider new legislation as part of efforts to curtail the spread of fake news. He made this statement today in Abuja at an event organised by Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD. “Why don’t’ we begin to look at the issue…

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BUHARI CLAIMS THE FUTURE OF JOURNALISM IS UNDER THREAT, SEE WHY

President Muhammadu Buhari, while speaking on the practice of journalism in the country, regretted the use of technology for instigating violence and hate. He made this comment while receiving the board of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) at Aso Rock on Friday. The President also noted how the spread of fake news has become a threat to journalism. “Journalism as a profession is primarily based on being truthful. With the growing increase in fake news, the future of your profession is under threat and therefore you must be…

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