By Oluwatoyin Adegoke

Media regulators, professionals, investors in the industry, and the government, among other stakeholders, have been charged to intensify efforts at protecting the media environment from fake news.

A prominent political leader and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Segun Sowunmi gave the charge in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, while speaking with newsmen on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day.

Mr Sowunmi, who maintained that access to information technology and the internet, had expanded the operational space for journalists and custodians of information urged them to guard against misinformation, media victimization, and cyberbullying.

Mr Sowunmi, who said that a certain level of press freedom existed in the country, emphasized that the safety of journalists must be accorded priority, considering the peril and risks of the job.

Mr Sowunmi explained that the media as the fourth Estate of the Realm must continue to hold the government accountable to the people on the need to address salient issues, including the current global environmental crisis in line with the theme for this year’s celebration, ”A press for the planet: Journalism in the face of Environmental crisis”

Speaking on the Country’s electoral system, Mr Sowunmi maintained that there was a need to reform,  restructure, and redirection of political parties to live up to expectations as the platform for the people to pursue political ambitions.

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