Giving suggestions to how Nigeria can curb the spread of fake news that is present in digital media is to "strengthen the independent media", suggests the Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Nigeria, Ronald Kayanja.
Talks of social media regulation continue to rise, with officials in government stating that the spread of fake news could possibly "destroy the country", as stated by the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed.
Kayanja disclosed this in a virtual event Monday, stating that all media houses should be protected at all costs.
He also suggested that as the government provides support for other sectors of the economy, the media also needs the backing of the government.
Kayanja said, “One way to fight fake news and hate speech which is pervasive through digital media is to strengthen the independent media.
“Just like support is being provided for other sectors of the economy, to build back a better media the industry should also be supported.”
The call for the support of media houses follows the destruction of media houses by hoodlums during the #EndSARS protest.