Media awards: NUJ warns against fake agencies
- Distances self from Global Trust News Media
- Assures of weeding out quacks
By Jon Egie
The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Delta state council has cautioned members of the public to be wary of fake agencies in Nigeria which indulge in giving unverified awards.
The union advised the public to always liaise with the leadership of NUJ, Delta state council for clarity before keying into such programmes.
A statement signed by Comrade Michael Ikeogwu and Oyowe Churchill, both Chairman and Secretary of the Delta state council respectively said the caution became necessary due to ubiquity of media awards given by fake agencies across the country.
The union particularly distanced itself from a planned media award by a group called, ‘Global Trust News Media’ scheduled to hold tomorrow, Wednesday, June 19 which has no authorization and blessing of the council and called on members of the public to discountenance invitations to that event saying it would not take responsibility for any incident associated with the event.
The union further warned practicing journalists in the state to steer clear from the purported media award event which has not been endorsed by leadership of the state council.
While assuring the general public of the union’s preparedness to weed out quacks from the profession, the statement implored Deltans to also be wary of Facebook and social media tigers pointing out that not all persons who write or post on social media are journalists.