The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has urged the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) to make sacrifices to protect the Journalism profession from total collapse.
He also also urged the Guild to set the agenda and the rules, as well as enforce and keep them to help uphold the profession.
Osinbajo said these in a goodwill message on Thursday, at the opening of the 14th All Nigeria Editors’ Conference (ANEC) in Asaba, the Delta capital.
Speaking on the message titled, “The end of Professions, the end of Journalism”, the Vice President noted that the journalism profession had today become partisan and influenced by politicians and non professionals.
He further said, that most profession, particularly journalism, is being threatened by artificial technologies, adding that social media had virtually taken over the conventional media in terms of readership and followership.
According to him, “For journalism, are we at the end of the profession? Today, social media has totally become the choice of everybody and read by many people than the newspapers”.
Osinbajo also pointed out that the professionals remain a challenge to themselves and people had lost confidence as most information lacked objectivity and accuracy.
He charged the media to fight corruption in the system. “The guild must make personal sacrifice that will save the profession by removing the bad eggs”.
The Nigerian Guild of Editors is a non governmental, non-partisan, non profit making organization, for the highest strata of working journalists who have attained the exalted position of editors in the journalism profession.