Fake News: CDD Trains Ekiti Journalists, CSOs on Fact Checking

By Roundoffnews

As part of measures to end the spread of fake news and miss-information in the society, a Non Governmental Organization, Centre for Democracy and Development CDD with the support of National Democratic Institute and USAID has exposed journalists in Ekiti State to a training on how best to fact check information towards identifying fake news.

Also captured in the training are members of Civil Society Organizations, Security agents, INEC officials and other relevant stakeholders.

The 3day  training which involved a practical display of how to use technology to identify fake news was held at Midas Hotel, Ado Ekiti.

At the opening ceremony, invited guests including, NUJ, CSO Network,  and Security Chiefs affirmed that fake news had become a monster destroying the system and heating up the polity hence it must be stopped.

The speakers commended CDD and its partners for the initiative but suggested that such training should not be a one off thing.

In his presentation, a staff of  CDD Mr.. Austin Aigbe urged participants to endeavour to step down the knowledge gained during the workshop  to other colleagues in their offices.

He also said participants must now see themselves as  agents of positive change by educating members of the public against spreading every information on social media without fact checking.

Participants couldn’t hide their joy especially during the practical aspect where they all got a better knowledge on how peddlers of fake news work and how their actions could be identified.

The participants appreciated the organizers and promised to make good use for the knowledge gained.