United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and European Union has call on journalists to report evidence-based issues on corruption to maintain their integrity and credibility by checking facts before publication.
Cristina Albertin, UNODC country Representative said this during the 2nd annual events on a 3 day Media workshop on Anti- corruption in Nigeria organized by UNODC in Lagos. Cristina Albertin who was represented by Mr Glen Pritchard project coordinator Response to Drugs projects during the workshop affirmed that corruption as a serious impediment to sustainable development growth if it’s left unchecked by the year 2030.
He said there is need to foster institutional mechanism and concerted efforts that would promotes the delivery of quality dissemination of information to the public in anti- corruption matters realising the interconnected of Anti-corruption Agencies and the media.
The workshop had 33 participants in attendance,11 from Anti- corruption agencies and 22 journalist across the country.
Participants however observed that while the Nigeria media are getting more involved in the anti- corruption crusade, the campaign is still threatened by sensationalized corruption news sand fake information being disseminated on the social media .
The participants therefore recommended that media house should establish asnti- corruption desk and call on UNODC and ACA’s to factor out support to encourage journalists in their objectives and that media house should follow up on anti- corruption stories to logical conclusions.