The President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr. Femi Adesina, has challenged online publishers in the country to ensure that they verify their stories before they are uploaded.
He gave the advice while addressing the publishers, under the aegis of the Nigerian Online Publishers Association during a meeting on in Lagos.
Adeshina, according to a statement by the General Secretary of NOPA, Dotun Oladipo, on Monday, said online media would thrive if the publishers ensured professionalism.
The NGE president, however, urged professionals in the medium to set standards, saying there was the need for a self-regulating regime among online publishers.
He said, “The association has a heavy duty on its hands. You can make a difference through the association. Most of the things posted online now can’t be trusted because of the activities of some people who are not professionals. The era of rushing to publish with half-facts should be over for online publishing to get the attention it deserves.
“A person must have evidence of training, professionalism and track record. When a person wants to join the NGE, we must be able to rely on NOPA for recognition. Standards must be maintained for the consuming public to trust it. Then the business will thrive.”