Media Fails Nigerians on Boko Haram Atrocities

Media Fails Nigerians on Boko Haram Atrocities

By Rafiu Oriyomi

OnIslam Correspondent

Saturday, 24 January 2015 00:00 LAGOS – Facing accusations of lethargy and cold reporting on the atrocities of the Boko Haram, the Nigerian media has been urged to make professionalism and patriotism their priorities in the reporting of the ongoing insurgency in the northeast.

"No lethargy from the media so to speak, though there is extreme low professionalism. What is happening is poor understanding of conflict sensitive journalism by our professionals," Tunde Akanni, a journalism teacher and civil rights activist, told OnIslam.net.

"What we are currently seeing is the celebration of the tragedy, rather than being part of efforts to end this it appears to me that some segments of the media are just celebrating the terrorists." Boko Haram Insurgency Troubles Nigeria The charge follows claims of lethargy and cold reporting on the atrocities of the Boko Haram atrocities in the northeast where the militants have waged violent insurgency since 2009.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed while millions are displaced across the region, with militants claiming vast swathe of the region ad part of its self-declared Islamic caliphate.Akanni urged the media to dwell more on probing into why the crisis is festering and the way to […]

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